Amazon Accused of 'False Imprisonment' After Delivery Van Double Parks for 3 Minutes

A lawyer from Hull, Massachusetts, is suing Amazon for false imprisonment after one of the company's vans allegedly blocked his car for "approximately two to three minutes" while making a delivery. The lawsuit was filed on September 24 by the Superior Court of Plymouth County.

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A Massachusetts man is suing Amazon after one of its van blocked his car for two to three minutes. In this photo, an Amazon delivery van is seen parked in downtown Chicago in April 2019. Getty Images/Intermin Archives

The lawyer, Matthew Donnelly, said he was working as a ride-share driver when the alleged incident occurred on September 7. He is seeking $150,000 for the "loss of his personal freedom of movement and ability to conduct his business for an appreciable amount of time together with stress, anxiety, apprehension and humiliation," according to court documents.

According to Donnelly, he informed the driver of the van of the situation and pointed out there was "plenty of room in the parking lot for the van." The driver allegedly told Donnelly he'd have to "wait a couple of minutes."

Donnelly wrote in his complaint to the court that he asked a second Amazon worker who was sitting in van's passenger seat to move the vehicle. That man refused to move the van and also told Donnelly to wait, according to the court documents.

When the driver came out from the restaurant, Donnelly told him of his intent to file complaint against Amazon, according to the court documents. He alleged the driver "responded, 'My boss won't give a f*****g s**t,' and the two mocked Donnelly in front of his passenger as they departed."

Donnelly is representing himself. He is suing the two Amazon employees for a "civil conspiracy to commit an unlawful act"; Amazon for its liability for employing the two drivers; and Amazon and the two employees for wrongfully imprisoning him.

The Patriot Ledger reported that the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School defines false imprisonment as confining a "plaintiff without the plaintiff's consent and without authority of law." According to Cornell, this includes confining someone in a manner in which the"means of escaping will result in the risk of physical harm to the detainee."

Court dates have not been set, and Amazon has not filed a response, according to The Patriot Ledger.

Donnelly's complaint comes as another Massachusetts man recently filed suit against Amazon. On September 24, Joseph Graziano of Milford sued the company and several of its distribution partners after a January crash with an Amazon delivery truck allegedly left him with severe arm, head and leg injuries.

The Amazon delivery driver involved in the crash with Graziano had allegedly fallen asleep while driving.

Newsweek contacted Amazon for comment regarding Matthew Donnelly's lawsuit but did not hear back in time for publication.