State of Washington v. Amazon.com

21-2-15448-1
November 22, 2021
Final judgment
United States, State of Washington

Governments
State of Washington
Amazon.com
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Arbitration court
Stipulated Settlement Agreement
Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs), General Use Pesticides (GUPs)
That the Court adjudge and decree that the conduct complained of in the Complaint constitutes unfair or deceptive acts or practices in violation of the Consumer Protection Act; issue a permanent injunction enjoining and restraining Defendant and its representatives…from continuing or engaging in the unlawful conduct complained of herein; assess civil penalties…of up to $7,500 per violation against Defendant for each and every violation; disgorge Defendant of money or property acquired...
King County Superior Court of State of Washington, United States
Court

November 22, 2021
Positive
Amazon will pay $2.5 million for selling highly regulated pesticides on its online platform without a license and without collecting information about their use as required by law. In addition, Amazon is required to obtain a license in the future if it restarts sales of these regulated pesticides. The consent decree requires Amazon to enact specific and legally enforceable corporate reforms, including putting safeguards in place on its site to block illegal sales of these pesticides...
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Seattle-based online retailer Amazon will pay $2.5 million for selling highly regulated pesticides on its online platform without a license and without collecting information about their use as required by law. Washington law regulates the sale of agricultural and industrial-use pesticides because they pose higher risks to human health and the environment. Businesses that sell these pesticides are required by law to hold specific licenses and maintain records about their sales and use. Amazon failed to inform Washingtonians that these regulated agricultural and industrial-use pesticides were different from regular home and garden products. Amazon’s conduct created the impression that anyone could lawfully buy and use the pesticides without restriction. In addition to paying $2.5 million, Amazon is required to obtain a license in the future if it restarts sales of these regulated pesticides. The consent decree, filed on Nov. 22, 2021 in King County Superior Court, requires Amazon to enact specific and legally enforceable corporate reforms, including putting safeguards in place on its site to block illegal sales of these pesticides. It must not allow third-party sellers on its site to sell these dangerous pesticides to customers in Washington unless it provides a way for those sellers to comply with Washington’s record-keeping requirements.