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Couple in South Carolina Files Lawsuit Against Amazon Over Defective Eclipse Glasses

CHARLESTON, S.C.—A South Carolina couple filed a lawsuit against Amazon Inc. last week in federal district court here, claiming that the online retailer sold faulty glasses that were marketed as being safe for viewing the solar eclipse in mid-August. The couple is seeking to have the lawsuit become a class action. They claim in the lawsuit that their vision was affected after viewing the Aug. 21 solar eclipse with the viewing glasses they purchased via Amazon.com. Amazon, as early as Aug. 10, began to notify customers that it was recalling potentially hazardous solar eclipse glasses that it could not verify…


Pennsylvania Optometrist Files Complaint Against Davis Vision, HVHC and Highmark

PHILADELPHIA— Alan Frank, OD, a Pennsylvania independent optometrist has filed a class action complaint “on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated” against Davis Vision Inc.,/ HVHC Inc. and their parent company Highmark Health in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The complaint alleges that the defendants’ conduct “had and continues to have an anticompetitive purpose and effect on competition.” Further, according to the complaint, “Davis Vision uses unlawful, unfair, and anticompetitive contractual and related restrictions to prohibit [independent ECPs] from steering patients to eyeglass frames and lenses that are less expensive, more convenient to obtain, or better quality than…


Opternative Files Lawsuit in South Carolina Seeking to Overturn State Law

CHICAGO—Opternative Inc., which developed the first online refractive eye exam, stepped up its battle to offer online exams in South Carolina by filing a lawsuit Thursday in state court against the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and Board of Medical Examiners. The nonprofit Institute for Justice joined Opternative as a plaintiff in the suit, which seeks to have a recent South Carolina law declared unconstitutional and to permit South Carolina-licensed eyecare professionals to write corrective-lens prescriptions that are based upon Opternative’s technology. The moves are the latest in the battle between the technology startup Opternative and the American…