Amazon's Ring Can't Arbitrate Minors' Hacking Claims

Law360 (June 25, 2021, 6:35 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge ruled Thursday that Amazon unit Ring LLC can't send to arbitration hacking claims by 12 minor children that its security smart-home devices exposed them to cyberattacks, finding that they're not bound by user agreements entered into by their guardians.

In a 20-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald denied in part Ring's bid to send proposed class claims to arbitration, finding that the minors, as well as an elderly nursing home resident, were not bound by agreements entered into online by a proposed class of consumers who bought and registered Ring's home-security devices.

"The court agrees with plaintiffs...

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