Amazon Falls Prey to Lawyer Scam

Recently, Amazon was tricked by a fake law firm into removing a product from their website, which cost the seller $200,000 in sales. An Amazon seller stated his product was removed from Amazon, because of a complaint. Experts state that Amazon is known for not properly vetting seller complaints. The merchant put in an appeal last month, but Amazon could not resolve it for a while which made him lose $200,000.

Before Prime Day in July, the owner of Brushes4Less received a suspension notice for his best-selling product, which was a toothbrush head replacement. The product was suspended because of an intellectual property violation. To resolve the matter, the merchant had to contact the law firm that filed the complaint. However, the law firm did not exist. The number provided did not work and belonged to another firm in Pittsburgh called Robb Leonard Mulvihill. The person who complained was not registered to practice law in Pennsylvania, according to CNBC. The owner of Brushes4Less told his story to CNBC but asked that his name be protected for privacy concerns. Amazon was tricked into shutting down the seller’s #1 product days before the website’s busiest shopping event in the year. The seller complains that Amazon failed to do five minutes of detective work, and complains that Amazon fails to do any work. Hot items become booted and innocent sellers are suspended coming from viral sellers who are masquerading as lawyers. Last year, sellers like Nike and Michael Kors said they have also received violation claims even when they are buying inventory from legitimate distributors. Paul Dworianyn, the founder of Amazon Seller Consulting, says, “Virtually any person can push the right buttons to get Amazon’s attention for particular issues.” Amazon faces many comments from fake lawyers who are actually competitors. The Brushes4Less brand generates about $2 million in sales just from Amazon. He also sells wine tote bags and brushes for auto parts. Amazon did not provide a comment for the Brushes 4Less incident. For sellers, Amazon does not have much to offer by way of guidance in fixing IP issues.

There needs to be a better way of resolving these issues; Texas business litigation lawyers express the need for businesses to be able to work in good faith with their partners. Amazon needs to explore and play around with different options. Amazon receives many complaints, but the internal teams are overwhelmed by these complaints; therefore, they are very slow to react to fake submissions. Amazon can implement new tools and guidelines before removing a product from the website. Amazon will continue to suspend accounts unless they ensure IP addresses and the validity of complaints. Businesses lose a lot of revenue for these mishaps, and even so, some law firms may receive slander even when they are not responsible for filing the complaint. Building guidelines and transparency will prevent problems between the buyer and seller and the law. These complaints are an unfair way of competition.

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Proper Motorcycle Training

North America is a beautiful continent with vast, wide open spaces and beautiful scenic drives, so it is no wonder that motorcycles are incredibly popular here. Combined with the sense of community shared between bikers, the drive to own and ride a bike is natural, but operating a motorcycle is not very similar to driving, so proper training is needed first. Motorcycle accidents are some of the most serious due to the lack of safety features, and many drivers neglect to check for motorcycles on the road. In Ontario, Canada, the biker community is trying to reduce the number of accidents by ensuring people are properly educated and trained in handling a motorcycle.

 Dan Redekop, The head of a nonprofit motorcycle training academy in London, Ontario called Learning Curves Foundation, claims that the entire process for issuing motorcycle permits needs an overhaul, according to this article from CBC news. The law as it is right now allows anyone 16 or older to ride any kind of motorcycle during the day on Ontario roads up to 80km/hr (50mph) as long as they pass a vision test and a written traffic safety test. Anyone can do this, even those without a regular driving permit. Two people died in motorcycle accidents in London during Canada Day Weekend in July, and Redekop thinks that the death rate will slow if adequate training is mandatory. He advocates for implementing a licensing system like Europe, where there are a different license and training program required to ride bikes of different sizes and engine power. Until then, the goal of his foundation is to provide education and training for those who want to ride motorcycles, starting out on small bikes and gradually moving to large ones. Local London bike shop owner Gordon Inglis agrees, and he will refuse to sell a large bike to an inexperienced driver.

 It is excellent that members of the biker community in Ontario are looking out for each other and trying to educate others about motorcycle safety. However, the sad reality is that even when adequate training is provided, motorcyclists are still the most at risk for injury or death due to the faults of other drivers. Motorcycles are small and fast, and even when you do everything right something awful could happen. For cases like these, motorcycle accident lawyers in Toronto can protect you, especially since most people are quick to blame the biker unfairly. Knowing resources as these exist are helpful, but frequent training and keeping up to date on motorcycle safety are invaluable. 

The Ministry of Transportation implemented the motorcycle permit law in the 80s according to the article, and times have changed since then; there are more drivers on the road, and there are more distractions available. It may take a while for the law to be revised, if it ever is, and so it is more important than ever than bikers living in Ontario seek out proper training.

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