The world doesn’t need any more toxicity… But here it comes anyway. eBay has sold more than 343,000 devices which negate motor vehicle pollution emission controls and at least 23,000 unregistered, misbranded or restricted-use pesticide products.
eBay has been charged with selling numerous dangerous products, such as pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, motor oil, batteries, tires, electronics, appliances, furniture, apparel, and toys in large quantities. These goods are hazardous to both human health and the environment.
Justice Department Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim said: “Laws that prohibit selling products that can severely harm human health and the environment apply to e-commerce retailers like eBay just as they do to brick-and-mortar stores.
“We are committed to preventing the unlawful sale and distribution of emissions-defeating devices and dangerous chemicals that, if used improperly, can lead to dire consequences for individuals and communities.”
In response to the lawsuit, eBay said that it’s blocking and removing more than 99.9% of the listings for the products cited by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
WHY so long American governmental agencies?
It took them forever to file similar lawsuits for such behavior. Because they’ve been concerned about limiting innovation and competition in the e-commerce business, and government authorities. They have been hesitant to pursue cases against marketplace platforms. However, as the dangers of toxic polluting items to consumers have become more obvious, government figures have begun to take more action.
Anyone here checking on the consumers’ wellbeing?
The battle between the government and marketplace platforms has often been framed as a battle between consumer protection and business innovation. However, it’s important to remember that consumer protection and business innovation are not mutually exclusive. In fact, a strong consumer protection regime is essential for a healthy and vibrant e-commerce industry.
In a statement, eBay said: “We dedicate significant resources, implement state-of-the-art technology and ensure our teams are properly trained to prevent prohibited items from being listed on the marketplace.”
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