Schools are joining a nationwide lawsuit against cigarette maker Juul E-cigarettes, which are popular among teenagers. In fact, their vaping products have almost 80 percent of the market share—yet there are significant dangers from e-cigarettes.
First, there is a danger of nicotine addiction from these products. E-cigarettes also contain large amounts of toxic materials, including lead, which can affect the brain and other bodily functions. There is also evidence that e-cigarette use is linked to an increase in heart attacks. Finally, teens who get hooked on vaping are more likely to start smoking standard cigarettes.
How This class action lawsuit differs
While schools are joining this class-action lawsuit, it differs from the typical class-action proceeding– when recovery occurs, plaintiffs will not receive mere token damages. They should receive what they need to help stop vaping among their students. That includes funds for education, detection, and deterrence.
For example, school districts may receive funds to purchase vaping detectors placed in restrooms and cost about $5,000 each. Districts might also receive monies to pay for staff to educate students about the dangers of nicotine addiction, as well as other training programs.
An experienced product liability attorney at Showard Law Firm will help determine if you are eligible to participate in a Juul lawsuit.
Pittsburgh School System Joins Juul Litigation
In early October 2020, the Pittsburgh public school system decided to join the ranks of school districts suing Juul. It joins approximately 70 other districts nationwide currently suing the company. The lawsuits are filed in the Northern District of California, as Juul is based in San Francisco. In the 2018-19 academic year, the Pittsburgh district recorded 135 vaping-related citations or arrests, more than double the number from the previous year. At least ten other school districts in Western Pennsylvania have also filed Juul lawsuits. One district’s lawsuit cites Juul for creating a public nuisance, along with negligence and racketeering.
Bay City Michigan Joins the Lawsuit
The Bay City, Michigan public school system is another district recently joining the class-action. As with other districts, they will file their lawsuit locally, and it is then transferred to those cases heard in San Francisco.
The state of Michigan has also joined a coalition investigating the company’s practices. The multi-state coalition claims Juul targets young people and is not straightforward about the nicotine content of its products. It is also looking into the company’s sales and marketing practices. The company does not appear to provide users with sufficient information about the addictive nature of its products, compared to other e-cigarette manufacturers. A vape product may contain as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.
Call Showard Law Firm
If you think you have been harmed using Juul vape products and wonder if you are eligible to file, contact the Showard Law Firm in Tucson today for a free case review. Since cases are accepted on a contingency basis, you pay no fee unless you receive compensation.