Jeremy K. Robinson has been a thought leader in the California legal community for many years. Most recently, Robinson secured a precedent-setting decision against online retail titan Amazon. See, Bolger v. Amazon.com (2020) 53 Cal.App.5th 431. The decision was significant enough to be featured in stories by Bloomberg, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, CNBC, and many other national and international news and tech outlets.
Robinson argued Amazon should be strictly liable for injuries caused by products sold on its marketplace—in this case, a defective laptop battery made in China that badly burned plaintiff Angela Bolger—just like any other retailer. Even though Amazon had successfully defeated that argument numerous times in numerous cases all over the country, the San Diego-based Court of Appeal Fourth District, Division One sided with Robinson and ruled that Amazon can be held strictly liable for defective products purchased through its virtual marketplace. This ruling marks the first time a state appellate court anywhere in the country has ruled against Amazon on this issue, and it is the only published appellate decision in the nation holding Amazon strictly liable.
In this same vein, Robinson also helped co-author with national advocacy group Public Justice amicus briefs in two other key appeals involving Amazon, Oberdorf v. Amazon.com Inc., 930 F.3d 136, rehearing en banc granted and opinion vacated, 936 F.3d 182 (3rd Cir. 2019) and McMillan v. Amazon.com, Inc., (Fifth Cir. No. 20-20108). And, Robinson worked tirelessly behind the scenes on AB 3262, a bill aimed at holding online marketplaces to the same standard as traditional retailers.
Robinson is the Chair of Casey Gerry’s Motion and Appellate Practice and is widely acknowledged as one of the premier legal writers and analysts in the state. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California and the Third, Fifth, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. In addition to the Bolger decision, he also secured a precedent-setting ruling in M.F. v. Pacific Pearly Hotel Management, LLC (2017) 16 Cal.App.5th 693, a case in which Robinson successfully urged the expansion of FEHA provisions to a rape committed by an intruder on the premises. Robinson has also worked extensively in the class action arena, playing key roles in nationwide Multi-District Litigation cases like In re: Yahoo! Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, 16-MD-02752-LHK (N.D. Cal.) and In re: Wells Fargo Collateral Protection Insurance Litigation, 8:17-ML-2797-AG-KES (C.D. Cal.)
Outside of his case work, Robinson is a prolific and in-demand writer and speaker on emerging legal issues, as outlined in the sections below. This includes regular articles for the Daily Journal and Daily Transcript, many CLE-approved presentations and webinars, and a book chapter. He is also a charter member and Barrister in the San Diego Appellate Inns of Court, and is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of California, San Diego County Bar Association, and Lawyers’ Club.