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Amazon Class Action Lawsuit Surfaces; Cites Deceptive Trade Practices

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Amazon Class Action Lawsuit

Chicago based boutique litigation firm Blaise & Nitschke, P.C. filed a class-action complaint against Amazon.com, Inc. last week, alleging violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Illinois Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. For more on the Amazon Class Action Lawsuit, please continue on.

According to the named Plaintiff, Ryan Edmundson, Amazon sells banned, unsafe, recalled and mislabeled products to the detriment of consumers. A Wall Street Journal investigation found 4,152 items for sale on Amazon’s site that have been declared unsafe by federal agencies, are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulator. Typically, big-box retailers would bar these items from their shelves. Among those items, at least 2,000 listings for toys and medications lacked warnings about health risks to children. See https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-has-ceded-control-of-its-site-the-result-thousands-of-banned-unsafe-or-mislabeled-products-11566564990?ns=prod/accounts-wsj.

The Wall Street Journal identified at least 157 items for sale that Amazon had said it banned, including sleeping mats the Food and Drug Administration warns can suffocate infants. The Journal commissioned tests of 10 children’s products it bought on Amazon, many promoted as “Amazon’s Choice.” Four failed tests based on federal safety standards, according to the testing company, including one with lead levels that exceeded federal limits.See https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-has-ceded-control-of-its-site-the-result-thousands-of-banned-unsafe-or-mislabeled-products-11566564990?ns=prod/accounts-wsj.

The complaint, which is the first class-action complaint filed against Amazon in the Northern District of Illinois, also requests injunctive relief requiring Amazon to remove recalled products from its web pages, to cease and desist selling such products, and to issue a statement to consumers explaining its plan to protect them in the future. The action is pending before the Honorable Thomas M. Durkin. 

Amazon’s revenue has increased nearly 30% annually over the past several years. The company posted revenues of $233 Billion in 2018.

A full copy of the Amazon Lawsuit Complaint is below:

Have you purchased a recalled or unsafe product on Amazon? Contact the team at Blaise & Nitschke, P.C. (312-448-6602) for more information.

Editor’s note on The Amazon Class Action Lawsuit:

This piece is written about the recently uncovered Amazon lawsuit. For more information, please shoot us an email to Outreach@ConsiderTheConsumer.com, find us on Twitter, FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, or even connect with us directly on our website! We look forward to hearing from all of you.  Please note that this investigation piece has been sponsored by Blaise & Nitschke, P.C., and Consider The Consumer has received compensation for such sponsorship.

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