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Amazon Gets Other Tech Companies’ Support in Product Case

July 25, 2019, 6:58 PM

The full Third Circuit should weigh whether Amazon.com Inc. can be held liable for an allegedly defective dog collar despite a sweeping law protecting online speech, a group of e-commerce and technology associations told the court.

A split panel opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently reinstated a Pennsylvania woman’s personal injury claims against Amazon.

The panel’s decision rests on a “novel and erroneous interpretation” of the Communications Decency Act’s immunity provision for web platform providers, the groups said in a friend-of-the-court brief submitted July 24. The interpretation could chill innovation and harm the economy, ...