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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…


WestGroupe Announces Partnership With Spectill in South Africa

MONTREAL—WestGroupe announced that it has appointed Spectill (SA) Ltd as its new distributor for the FYSH UK, KLiiK denmark and Superflex brands in South Africa. The partnership, which began in May 2017, aims to facilitate the sales of WestGroupe’s three collection in South Africa by combining WestGroupe’s eyewear expertise with Spectill’s knowledge of the South African market. “Over the past 20 years, Spectill has established itself as the leading optical supply company in South Africa,” said WestGroupe president, Michael Suliteanu. “Their focus on developing solid, mutually beneficial, long-term relationships and their understanding of the South African eyewear market lead us…


The Vision Council to Educate South by Southwest Attendees About Blue Light, Digital Eye Strain

AUSTIN,Texas—The Vision Council will be sponsoring the official health lounge at South by Southwest (SXSW)—an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, music and health festivals and conferences here to educate attendees about the harmful side effects of blue light and digital eye strain, as well as the lens technology solutions available. Titled “The Time Out Lounge: Give Your Eyes a Break With The Vision Council,” the lounge and will be located in the Austin Convention Center, open from March 10 through 14. The area will serve as a space where attendees can unwind from the conference’s events in a comfortable…


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…