Lawyer Minds Podcast #33 – Carrie Goldberg and Naomi Leeds: Is Amazon Liable for Facilitating Suicides?

Published on Aug 9, 2023
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Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell heads the Columbia, MO office of Thomas Law Offices and concentrates his practice on motor vehicle and medical negligence litigation. He is on the Board of Governors for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, is an associate editor …

Tad Thomas

Mr. Thomas is the founding partner of Thomas Law Offices with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago, IL.  He and his firm practice solely in the area of civil litigation with a primary focus on medical device and pharmaceutical …

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During this episode, Tad Thomas and Mike Campbell interview attorneys Carrie Goldberg and Naomi Leeds of C.A. Goldberg, PLLC, a victims’ rights law firm in Brooklyn that primarily handles cases against big tech corporations and sexual/harassment predators. Carrie Goldberg and Naomi Leeds are handling multiple lawsuits currently pending against Amazon for dangerously and deceptively marketing a chemical that is used to commit suicide.

This chemical, sodium nitrite, is extremely deadly and causes death after even a small amount is ingested within 20 minutes. Despite having a warning of “for laboratory use only”, on the chemical’s label, there are no restrictions for anyone to actually purchase the chemical on Amazon. According to the lawsuits, the images featured on Amazon of the chemical’s warning label have also been cropped and are incomplete.

Due to how easy it is for anyone—including teenagers—to purchase this suicide chemical online, the number of suicides that have occurred from it keeps climbing. The lawsuits allege that Amazon has deleted several customer reviews aimed at warning others of how dangerous the chemical is. Despite the fact that sodium nitrite has been banned in some countries, Amazon defends their sales of the chemical as well as their marketing practices.

Tune in to learn more about the complexity of these tragic cases and the current status of the lawsuits.