Why A Hoverboard Suit Against Amazon Went Up In Flames
Law360 (August 14, 2018, 2:02 PM EDT) -- Should an e-commerce firm be held liable for the defects of every item it sells on its global internet marketplace? In Fox v. Amazon.com Inc., the plaintiffs argued exactly that, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee answered with a resounding “no.”
The popularity of self-balancing scooters, commonly known as hoverboards, exploded in late 2015, slowing only when the hoverboards themselves started exploding due to an alleged battery defect. The plaintiffs in Fox bought a hoverboard from a third-party retailer on the Amazon marketplace and, after the hoverboard’s battery allegedly caught fire causing property damage and personal injuries,...
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