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Insurer Can't Revive Defective-Lamp Suit Against Amazon

Law360 (May 22, 2019, 10:42 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday found Amazon isn't liable for selling a lamp that allegedly started a house fire, saying the online marketplace never owned the lamp and therefore can't be sued by Erie Insurance Co. under Maryland product liability law.

A three-judge panel agreed with a district court that at no point in the chain of events that brought the allegedly defective lamp into the Maryland home of an Erie policyholder did Amazon.com Inc. hold title to it. Therefore, under Maryland law, the online retail giant was no more liable than the company that delivered the package, the panel said....

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Appellate - 4th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3385 Property Damage - Product Liability

Date Filed

February 22, 2018

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