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Amazon Not Liable for Alleged Hoverboard Fire

May 31, 2018, 5:16 PM

Amazon.com Inc. isn’t legally responsible for a house fire allegedly caused by a hoverboard sold on its e-commerce site, a federal district court ruled.

Amazon merely provided a platform for a third-party company to sell the hoverboard and wasn’t a “seller” under state law, Judge William L. Campbell of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee ruled May 30, dismissing the case.

The ruling highlights the uncertainty over online companies’ responsibility for goods sold by third-party sellers. The U.S. Supreme Court last year declined to review a similar ruling that found Amazon not liable for pillowcases that...

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