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Rep. Lori Trahan raised Amazon’s sales and marketing of a suicide product at a hearing entitled: AMERICANS IN NEED: RESPONDING TO THE NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS.
In early February we filed a lawsuit against Amazon on behalf of our client Ruth Scott for dangerous and deceptive business practices that enabled them to profit off deadly suicide powder. You can read about our case against Amazon here.
“In this work, I have heard heartbreaking stories,” said Representative Trahan, Democrat of Massachusetts and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who has been investigating Amazon’s behavior.
“Amazon had the opportunity with their response to collaborate with us on this issue that’s tragically ending the lives of people across our nation,” Trahan told the NY Times earlier this month. “Instead, they failed to answer many of our most critical questions.”
Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr opened the hearing, saying: “As we spend more time online social media and digital platforms will continue to play a role in people’s mental health, especially our children’s. We must do more to understand both the benefits and risks of this reality.”
You can view the full hearing from the House Committee here.
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