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Amazon Faces Hoverboard Suit Appeal in Ninth Circuit

Sept. 19, 2019, 4:17 PM

Amazon.com Inc. should go to trial over a house fire caused by a hoverboard sold on its online marketplace, in part because California allows strict liability to be imposed on a wide range of defendants in product liability cases, a California family told the Ninth Circuit.

The case is the latest in a string of product liability suits against Amazon to reach federal appeals courts. An appeal is currently pending before the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit after a three-judge panel found Amazon could be liable for a marketplace sale under Pennsylvania law. And other appeals...

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