Hank purchased the canoe cart that almost killed him through Amazon.com. We learned an importer in California brought the canoe cart into the US and arranged the sales listing through Amazon.com.
Hank hired Debranski & Associates,LLC to file suit. I found counsel in Alabama to associate and we filed in the Northern District of Alabama.
Amazon hired counsel who answered stating they were shielded from any liability due to Alabama’s statute on product liability and their own user agreements. Amazon showed no remorse or sympathy for Hank for selling a defective product that almost killed him.
Unfortunately, Amazon was correct. Alabama’s AEMLD statute, like many other similar statutes, shield a seller from liability if they weren’t involved in its manufacture or design. In short, as a mere reseller, Amazon had no legal responsibility for selling a defective product.