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I have the same problem. I contacted Olympus and it is 29.95 plus tax to repair. Right now I am getting around the problem by holding the cover and controlling it as I open or close to make sure the camera turns off and on.
I purchased a second reconditioned camera from Olympus on the auction site for $35.00 and it arrived yesterday.
It comes with everything except a remote. The battery is the newer L12B. Considering the cost of a replacement OEM battery and the camera looks new, it seemed to be the best work around to having the camera repaired.
I keep it because I have the underwater case for this model and to buy a case for another camera is big bucks..
The switch is soldered to the circuit board. The tab portion of it is what you found after opening the battery door. I believe you would have to buy the entire circuit board to make that repair. Most camera manufacturers sell assemblies rather than small components. It would be possible to take one from another camera of the same type and transfer the switch. It is fairly delicate work.
The part came in three days and it was SO EASY to replace. You just need a tiny Phillip's head scewdriver and about three minutes. Remove the three small screws that attach the faceplate to the camera (one on the bottom, two on the side). The faceplate pops right off and exposes the hinge that holds the battery door in place. Remove the final screw that holds the hinge in place. Reuse the original spring, pop the new door in place and then replace the faceplate.