Question Of Whether Amazon Can Be Liable For Defective Products Reaches Three Separate United States Appeals Courts.

Potentially dangerous situations are created when consumer products do not function as they are supposed to, particularly when the products involve heavy machinery or potentially combustible materials. When defects in products are discovered, it is not always entirely clear with whom the fault lies. While it is always possible that there was a manufacturing error, the design of the product itself might be faulty. Accordingly, those who wish to file a lawsuit under the theory of product liability must first determine who to sue based on who was most responsible. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert products liability attorney at 617-787-3700.

When California resident William Foley’s house burned down after a defective battery in his vaping device malfunctioned, his insurer, who paid him $400,000, wanted to pin responsibility on someone involved in the production of the device to recoup the money. Interestingly, the insurer (State Farm), elected to go after Amazon in addition to the company that actually made the battery.

This is one of three cases pending in various Courts of Appeals in the United States that have named Amazon as part of a products liability suit. Amazon contends that it neither designed, manufactured, nor sold the batteries, but instead is merely a vehicle to streamline the purchase process. Moreover, Amazon claims to be protected by the Communications Decency Act, which protects online publishers from claims based on content provided by somebody else. While previous rulings suggest that Amazon will not be found liable in any of the cases, it is still an interesting question that could have potentially major ramifications for the electronic commerce giant.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective product, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert products liability attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates. Call our Massachusetts injury lawyers today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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