Amazon Pays Out 2.5 Million For Pesticide Lawsuit


Amazon has settled $2.5 million to a lawsuit claiming Amazon allowed the illegal sales of pesticides online. The pesticides were regulated and not easily available to the average consumer.

Under law to be able to sell these pesticides, the seller must hold a license as well as record the information of the buyer. In some cases, the buyer also needed a license to operate the pesticide. The shopping website has sold thousands of super-strong pesticides that have been sold since 2013 all the way to 2020. 7 years of unregulated pesticide sales on the site. This payout is a settlement made to Washington state general attorney’s office.

Amazon has had a lot on its plate recently especially with the ongoing “Make Amazon Pay” campaign and the upcoming Black Friday strike that we are going to monitor closely.

These pesticides when not used by trained professionals can lead to severe neurological damage as well as contaminate water. These pesticides also can harm wildlife populations if it was used incorrectly. There has been no reported misusage to Amazon from the pesticides. Regardless these laws should be followed which Amazon didn’t.

It is unknown if the tech giant was aware that these pesticides required all these regulations to be met. Amazon has also said they believe they have done nothing wrong up to this point.

$2.5 million is absolutely nothing to a tech giant such as Amazon. The company has done 1.74 trillion in sales in the period of 2013 to 2020. In the grand scheme of things that amount of money is pocket change. It is sad to us that large companies continue to get away with stuff like this and only get a slight slap on the wrist.

If you are a Washington resident who has unintentionally purchased these restricted pesticides should reach out to Amazon for compensation as their lives were endangered by the company.