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Amazon Urges Pa. Judge To Toss Student Suicide Claims

Law360, Philadelphia (November 8, 2016, 5:05 PM EST) -- Amazon.com Inc. urged a Pennsylvania state judge on Monday to reject claims it should be held responsible after a university student used its website to purchase illegal cyanide products she ultimately used to end her life.

The online retailer said in a motion for summary judgment that Pennsylvania law clearly holds that suicides are an unforeseeable consequence that brake the chain of causation for any product.

“The mere sale of a product generally cannot impose a legal duty to prevent the misuse of that product,” the company argued. “Otherwise, any retailer could be liable for any product that could be intentionally...

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