In 2016, William Foley’s home nearly burned to the ground after a defective vape battery caught fire. Foley’s State Farm insurance policy paid more than $400,000 for repairs and expenses related to the fire. Now, State Farm is trying to recoup that cost from LG, the maker of the defective battery, and Amazon, the retailer that sold it to Foley.
This is not the first time a company has tried to hold Amazon liable for defective products sold on its website. However, no one has yet won such a lawsuit. The consensus seems to be that Amazon does not fit the definition of a seller and is not liable for products sold on its website. Several of those lawsuits are currently being heard in appellate court, so that consensus could still change.
State Farm’s claim against LG and Amazon states that the companies failed to take proper care in the design, manufacturing and distribution of the vape batteries. The suit was filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles County, but was removed to federal district court.
“It will be interesting to see how the court handles the issue of defective products being sold by an online retailer,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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