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Amazon Escapes Alleged Hoverboard Fire Claims (1)

March 20, 2019, 4:22 PM

Amazon.com Inc. isn’t liable for a hoverboard that allegedly burned down a house because it didn’t play an integral role in bringing the product to market, a federal court ruled.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar of the Northern District of California tossed claims of products liability, negligence, and fraudulent concealment brought by consumers who alleged a hoverboard they bought on Amazon.com caused the home-destroying fire.

The decision reflects courts’ growing consensus that Amazon isn’t legally responsible for defective goods sold on its site when it acts as a mere platform for connecting retailers with consumers. Amazon has dodged several...

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