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Court of Appeal Confirms Amazon's Order to Perform Risk Assessment

Justice has expanded, however, the list of products that the American giant can continue to deliver pending this assessment (IT, health, nutrition, groceries, drinks …).

Amazon will not escape its obligations. The Versailles Court of Appeal confirmed, on Friday, April 24, the order of April 14 which required Amazon to carry out an assessment of the professional risks linked to the Covid-19 epidemic. The justice system, on the other hand, has eased the restrictions imposed on the company, according to the press release published the same day.

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The court widened the list of products that Amazon can continue to deliver pending this assessment (IT, health, nutrition, groceries, drinks …) and limited the penalty to 100,000 euros per offense instead of a million euros. Amazon had appealed the decision of the judicial court of Nanterre which ordered it to limit its activities to hygiene products, medical products and food pending a risk assessment conducted with employee representatives, under penalty a fine of one million euros per violation found.

In its judgment Friday, the court of appeal confirms this order but relaxes the restriction of activity and specifies it compared to the catalog of the company. Amazon will have to stick within 48 hours to hich-tech products, IT, office and “Everything for animals”, health and body care, man, nutrition, drugstore, as well as groceries, drinks and maintenance, indicates the court of appeal. After this 48 hour period, each infraction will be penalized up to 100,000 euros for a maximum of one month.

The list of products, wider than in Nanterre's decision and based on the company's nomenclature, opens the way for the sites to be reopened. Amazon had not yet reacted in the middle of the afternoon. The group preferred to close its warehouses in France after the first Nanterre injunction, deeming it impossible to precisely define the products authorized for delivery and fearing to be fined.

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