Juul's E-cigarettes were marketed as a safer alternative to tobacco,
but they could be causing just as much damage if not more
- Biggest Award: First case outcomes still pending
- Number of Cases: 331 claimants as of February 2020
- Introduction Date: 2015
- Intended Use: Alternative to smoking tobacco
- Side-Effects: E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)
What You Need to Know
Who Was Impacted By JUUL?: People of all ages who have used JUUL products to vape, sometimes for recreation, and some as a replacement for smoking tobacco. These users that developed respiratory illnesses should enquire about eligibility for compensation.
When Were These E-Cigarettes Introduced?: JUULstarted distributing e-cigarettes in 2015 and became very popular through marketing campaigns aimed at teens and those in their early 20s.
Why Were These Vaping Products Defective?: JUUL e-cigarettes were found by the American Journal of Physiology to potentially have significant pulmonary toxicity. It is alleged that e-cigarette manufacturers such as JUUL did not test their flavored vaping liquids sufficiently to determine their safety, especially among young users. This negligence should be punished by those who are affected by EVALI.
How To Fight Back Against JUUL: To see if you or a loved one qualify to fight against the injustice of EVALI due to JUUL’s negligence, start by taking a free evaluation to check eligibility for compensation.
The Juul Lawsuit
What Happened Exactly?
Designed as an alternative for cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) became widespread over the last decade and experienced a meteoric rise in popularity thanks to aggressive advertising. Unlike big tobacco companies which were forced to adjust their marketing tactics in the aftermath of major class action lawsuits, e-cigarette companies faced none of the same restrictions.
This allowed brands like JUUL to market e-cigarettes to younger audiences using enticement strategies like different flavors and other tactics that were banned for big tobacco years ago, allowing them to capture about 70% of the vaping market. However, disturbing developments began to emerge. Apart from a teen and young adult vaping epidemic announced by the US Surgeon General in 2018, internal documents produced by JUUL showed that e-cigarettes were marketed to children as young as 8 years old.
Beyond this troubling fact, many manufacturers failed to acknowledge the high nicotine content in the products, leading to an epidemic of youth nicotine addiction and other related health problems amongst users. Moreover, the products were not rigorously tested and the ingredients were not studied in-depth enough to understand the long-term effects of regular e-cigarette use. Given that the ingredients haven’t been studied extensively, little is known about their impact when inhaled, especially given the range of chemicals included in vape mixtures.
Now, children as young as 15 are in rehabilitation for nicotine addiction, there are many side-effects that can arise after use including irreversible lung damage, lung disease, seizures, strokes, and heart attacks. This also led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to define a new disease linked to vaping. EVALI, which is short for e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury, has swept across the country, causing severe illness in otherwise healthy individuals. Although the exact cause and ingredient is still unknown, the severity of the issue caught the eyes of regulators including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Congress which warned JUUL about its marketing practices.
Between the problems of addiction and severe illness resulting from vaping use, parents of impacted children and adult users have since turned their attention towards JUUL and other e-cigarette manufacturers. Now, the company is the target of wrongful death lawsuits and other class action lawsuits in San Francisco along with a federal criminal investigation into its potentially deceptive advertising techniques. Injured users and their families are starting to fight for justice, by pursuing the company in court for its wrongdoing and harm.
How Many People Are Affected By This Dangerous E-Cigarette?
According to recent figures published in February 2020 by the CDC, there were over 2800 cases of vaping lung disease (EVALI) and 68 deaths caused by vaping. However, these numbers fail to take into consideration the total number of children and adults impacted by e-cigarette use. Due to the marketing practices and impacted groups, the amount of people that have been exposed to these products could number in the millions. However, the exact number of users is unknown since they’ve been on the shelves for less than a decade.
Accordingly, the problems associated with vaping, whether addiction or harmful side-effects, could swell into tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of cases, especially given that these products are still being marketed and sold to consumers. The number of people pursuing justice against JUUL is only growing as time passes as the impact and side-effects of their dangerous products becomes more clear.
How Have Affected Individuals Fought Back?
So far, JUUL has mainly been the target of action from regulatory agencies including the Food and Drug Administration. The company is currently facing a criminal investigation relating to its marketing practices. However, for consumers, action against the company is only beginning to take shape. Now, more individual cases are being launched against JUUL for wrongful death, deceptive marketing practices, youth addiction, and other related side-effects.
What Has Been the Biggest Victory Against JUUL?
So far, there have been no court victories against JUUL. Yet, the number of cases against the company are rapidly growing given the different side-effects resulting from use which includes severe lung damage, lung disease, stroke, heart attack, vision loss, and more.
In 2019, many of the Federal cases launched against JUUL were consolidated and transferred to a court in San Francisco. The first wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the company in 2019 and now school districts and other affected individuals are joining the action against JUUL for its harmful activities and dangerous products. Moreover, the momentum of those pursuing justice against the company is only growing as time passes due to the enormous impact of these dangerous e-cigarettes.
What Do I Need To Get Started?
- Take a free evaluation to determine eligibility for taking action. You or a loved one must meet the following criteria:
- Used the JUUL E-cigarette brand
- Exhibit no regular tobacco use for the five years before using JUUL (ideally)
- Match one of the following scenarios:
- A child that became addicted to nicotine after using e-cigarettes before the age of 18 and still is using a product containing nicotine
- A child under the age of 18 that began using e-cigarettes and experienced irreversible lung damage, lung disease, seizure, stroke, or heart attack after using e-cigarettes
- An adult that started using e-cigarettes prior to age 18, became addicted, and continues to use a product containing nicotine
- An adult that began using e-cigarettes and experienced irreversible lung damage, lung disease, seizure, stroke, or heart attack after using e-cigarettes.
- If eligible, gather and collect relevant paperwork including:
- Records of e-cigarette use and purchases
- Healthcare paperwork and medical records
- Any relevant testimony from peers and family members
- Discuss the lawsuit potential with a team member
- Receive and review a contingency agreement to join a lawsuit
- If approved, sign and send the agreement
- Begin working with a lawyer to take the fight to JUUL
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