As the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.com has handled innumerable transactions with tens of millions of customers around the world. One of the most award-winning and rapidly growing companies in the history of U.S. business, Amazon.com has gotten where it is today by consistently putting its customers first.
The volume of business and brand awareness that Amazon.com enjoys has attracted some frivolous lawsuits, often filed in far-flung places.
Take for instance the lawsuit filed by two fellow inmates in a Missouri correctional facility. After getting into a fight that led to both being placed in isolation, they filed suit against Amazon.com in a Missouri state court. They blamed the fight on Amazon.com’s alleged failure to return a $6.99 fee on books they had purchased and claimed $12 million in damages.
Amazon.com has turned to attorneys at Stoel Rives to help resolve this and similar lawsuits. After taking the Missouri case in late March 2004, Stoel Rives attorneys acted quickly to remove it to a federal court and filed a motion for dismissal. The case was dismissed in just over a month.
Stoel Rives has recently helped Amazon.com achieve similar victories in cases in Florida and New Jersey federal courts.
In the New Jersey case, the author of a book alleged that Amazon.com had violated his copyrights by distributing his book through a third party. In Florida, the subject of a photographic cover of a book made a variety of claims against the company, including unauthorized publication of her likeness, civil theft and invasion of privacy. Amazon.com’s requests for summary judgment in both cases were granted in short order, and it was awarded attorneys’ fees and costs in Florida.
David Goodnight leads the team of Stoel Rives attorneys who represent Amazon.com in these and other national litigation matters. He says, "Our approach has been to move many of these cases to a more favorable federal court setting and to aggressively seek dismissal. By doing so, we have helped Amazon.com resolve cases quickly and cost effectively."
Amazon.com has also turned to Stoel Rives for assistance in nationally watched litigation with Toys "R" Us being waged in New Jersey state courts. The focus of the litigation is the scope and operation of a strategic alliance arrangement the companies struck in 2000.
Designed to last for 10 years, the agreement provides for Toys "R" Us to sell toys, games and baby products on Amazon.com’s Web site. The case is ongoing.