Amazon's Recall of Solar Eclipse Glasses Was 'Tragically Too Little, Too Late': Lawsuit

, The National Law Journal


"We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse," Amazon reportedly told consumers who bought certain special glasses to watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Amazon is now the target of a class action in a Charleston, South Carolina, federal district court, where five law firms teamed up to sue the online retail giant over its alleged inadequate recall notification before the Aug. 21 eclipse.

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  • F. Hayek

    No love for Bezos, of course, but the plaintiffs and their lawyer here are lying American parasites just trying to get over.

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  • Barnum

    I don‘t see how this is qualifies as a class action lawsuit since many members of the proposed class of "All persons residing in South Carolina (“South Carolina Class”) and/or the United States (“Nationwide Class”) who purchased unsafe Eclipse Glasses from through its website prior to August 21, 2017" may not have any injury at all.

  • avon

    I note that most eclipse glasses were TOTALLY SAFE and were officially certified as such ... probably including most of those sold via Amazon. Their users deserve to know they‘re safe. Yet Amazon‘s statement actually makes things worse for everyone. People just don‘t pay attention to any but a few words of a news story! indeed, it seems that the moment a reader, Twitterer or TV viewer get upset by some key words, they tune out the details (including the good news, the exceptions, etc). Even Rosalie‘s comment here seems to overlook the last three paragraphs of this very article. I first heard the “story” before the eclipse, from a friend ho lives in the totality path who decided not to dare even being outdoors, even during the 3 minutes of actual totality when bare eyes are safe, because “all the glasses” were faulty. (She was fine with being outdoors in the sun the rest of the day, and every day.) Her view: There‘s a risk, and eyes are irreplaceable. Can‘t argue with that. So what outrages me is that Amazon won‘t reveal what it knows about which glasses were certified safe, and whether there is any issue with counterfeit certifications. Most of its customers could check what they bought. Wrong, but also stupid, since now EVERYone will have to sue Amazon and the manufacturers of (really) all the glasses; and/or, most of those who really were harmed will never know to seek redress. Plus, plaintiffs‘ lawyers may feel they need to reject every case but perhaps the most catastrophic, due to the difficulty of proof of even the most valid cases. Amazon has turned a serious but focused scandal into a widespread chaos. I‘m appalled.

  • Rosalie Hakker

    Think of all of the school children whose teachers purchased glasses and the libraries across the nation that gave them away for free. How would anyone who got one of these glasses know that they were faulty?

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