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Amazon acknowledged that it sold unverified eclipse glasses last month, emailing recalls and refund offers to customers in mid-August. But Payne and Harris never received such an email, according to the lawsuit.
Such emails were "too little, too late," the suit says, and never reached anyone who received the glasses secondhand.
Steven Teppler, the couple's lawyer, told the New York Post that Amazon's emails didn't specify whether Amazon sold the affected glasses directly or did so for a third-party vendor.
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"It might be both,” Tepper said. “We think there is at least some liability and in some cases absolute liability for Amazon.”
Amazon was a top retailer for eclipse glasses ahead of the event, purchasing 10 million alone from American Paper Optics, which made verified lenses for the event.
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