Friday, July 17, 2009

Seattle woman in $5m cracked Kindle e-reader lawsuit is expert on legal issues of Space Elevator

Alisa Brodkowitz, the Seattle woman whose cracked Kindle 2 e-reader prompted her husband, Matthew J. Geise, to file a $5 million class-action lawsuit against hometown Internet retailer Amazon, is a well-respected aviation attorney with experience in personal injury litigation, products liability, wrongful death, and conflict of laws. Ms. Brodkowitz even gave a presentation, “Legal Issues Relevant to the Space Elevator: Jurisdiction, Protecting Space Flight Participants, Liability Convention of 1972 and Recommendations,” at the 2008 Space Elevator Conference, held in Redmond, Washington.

So, why is an affluent bibliophile like Ms. Brodkowitz willing to have her husband serve as lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against Amazon when she could easily afford to replace her Kindle 2 e-reader? According to the website of Brodkowitz Law, “Alisa believes in holding manufacturers to higher standards and restoring dignity to her clients after an injury or loss.”

Presumably, Ms. Brodkowitz will not be doing any aviation legal work in the near future for Blue Origin, an aerospace company founded and controlled by Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos.

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