Couple file lawsuit against Amazon over defective eclipse glasses

Amazon.com has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit by a couple who claims defective eclipse glasses purchased through the online retailer damaged their eyes.

In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in South Carolina on Tuesday evening, Corey Payne and his fiancée, Kayla Harris, said they purchased a three-pack of eclipse glasses on Amazon in early August, assuming that the glasses would allow them to safely view the United States’ first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century on August 21.

Later that day, Payne and Harris began to experience headaches and eye watering. In the following days, they developed vision impairment, including blurriness and distorted vision, their lawsuit said.

Amazon is yet to comment on the lawsuit.

The couple said they did not look into the sky without wearing the glasses when they viewed the eclipse.

Starting on August 10, Amazon said it began to email customers to issue a recall of potentially hazardous solar eclipse glasses it was unable to verify as having been manufactured by reputable companies. Amazon did not disclose the scale of the recall or a list of affected vendors.

Payne and Harris said they did not receive notice of the recall. They are seeking to represent other customers who never received a warning from Amazon and suffered similar injuries from the company’s alleged negligence.

Experts cautioned the public to steer clear of unsafe counterfeits flooding the United States in the run-up to the event. While no data exists for how many eclipse glasses were in circulation overall, shady distributors of purportedly solar-safe shades abound on the Internet, experts said.

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  1. The call has gone out to the Federal Government again to step up actions in curbing abortion among the citizens and enforcing extant laws against
    the practice in the country.

    Members of the Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba,
    Lagos Metropolitan Council, made the call at a prolife rally recently
    held in Sangotedo, Lagos State.

    The rally themed: “Knights as Guardians of Human Life” which is
    against abortion, capital punishment, contraception, same sex
    marriage, homosexuality, LGBT, euthanasia, kidnapping domestic violence, child
    abuse and terrorism, commenced from Regina Pacis Catholic Church,
    Sangotedo before proceeding to the Catholic Church of
    Annunciation at Abraham Adesanya Estate for Mass.

    According to the Grand Knight, Ajah Sub-Council of the
    Order, WB Samuel Ilugbekhai, the objective of the prolife rally was to draw the attention of Nigerians to the
    plight of unborn children whose rights are being denied through abortion.

    He stated that the Catholic Church, which was founded on the Laws of God, is against the killing of the
    unborn child noting that even an unborn baby has right just like every human being, especially the
    right to life.

    “The innocent killings of the unborn child is what the rally is against, so that the right of the unborn child is preserved, protected and implemented,” he said.

    He deplored the indifference of Nigerians to issues relating to abortion that touch humanity,
    accusing them of paying lip service to it.

    Ilugbekhai urged the government to efficiently enforce
    the law against abortion in the nation and also put in place a policy framework to actualize the
    objective of sensitizing people on the evils of the practice.

    He said: “It will work. If the people that receive the message at the rally listen and implement it, it will work. If our policy makers even within the church also implement it, it will work. So if the society at large and the world listen to the message it will work.”

    Speaking in the same vein, another member, Worthy Physician, Ajah Sub-Council, WB Emmanuel Odey, remarked that abortion is
    illegal in Nigeria, and the country is one of the nations where the practice is
    not legalised.

    He, however, lamented the high rate of abortion in the Nigeria and
    the world noting that according to figures available to
    them, about 1.25 million abortions are carried out in Nigeria and 56
    million worldwide every year.

    “Every life matters, and we believe that life begins at conception. From the moment there is fertilization, a human being exists and until natural death occurs, that life has to be respected,” he observed.

    Noting that human life is sacred, Odey explained the church is against euthanasia.
    He added that mercy killing as it is being called is the killing of the most vulnerable in society when treatments exist to take care of them till natural death.

    He observed that society is supposed to support such people until they die peacefully.

    Condemning in-vitro fertilization as unnatural means of procreation, Odey observed that
    people can now decide on the physical appearance of their child
    which is against the natural order of things.

    “People now design babies. Now you can choose the colour of eyes, hairs and so on of babies. But before they did these a lot of babies were killed. Some are frozen and kept waiting to be born,”
    he noted.

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