As reported by Law360 (subscription), government officials have announced plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in the wake of hundreds of reported injuries and at least five deaths relating to lung illnesses caused by vape use, with a special focus on injuries in teens and other young users. [Read more…]
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration transmitted an official warning letter to JUUL Labs Inc. alleging violations of federal regulations by JUUL for marketing its e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes without approval from the FDA. The letter expressed serious governmental concerns and requested additional specific information from JUUL about its advertising targeted at youths and students in school. [Read more…]
Medical experts and federal health officials are warning the public of significant potential dangers of vaping and recommending the immediate stopping of e-cigarette use as the number of people with severe vaping-related lung illnesses has risen to 450 possible cases spanning 33 states, with four confirmed deaths. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman, along with Mike Papantonio of Levin Papantonio, Robert Eglet of Eglet Adams, and John Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan will be leading the opening session on Juul E-Cigarette Litigation at the upcoming Mass Torts Made Perfect (MTMP) Conference, on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
CBS News reports that within the last month at least a dozen young people in Wisconsin ranging from teens to those in their mid-thirties have been hospitalized requiring treatment for severe lung damage, and that the number is steadily rising. All the affected patients appear to have been harmed by using Juul vaped tobacco products. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partners Wendy R. Fleishman and Sarah R. London will be speaking at HarrisMartin’s “JUUL, E-Cigarettes & Vaping Conference: Emerging Litigation and Liability Theories Agenda,” at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Wendy will be discussing the marketing of e-cigarettes to teens and children in a presentation entitled “JUUL and Our Kids: Marketing and Promoting the JUUL Device From ‘Vaporized’ to ‘Make the Switch.’” [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser has filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs in California Superior Court on behalf of Maxwell Berger, a 22-year-old who suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke in July 2017 after becoming addicted to the company’s vaped tobacco products as a teenager. As a result of the stroke, Berger stayed over 100 days in the hospital and required three separate brain surgeries. Forbes notes that the lawsuit puts forth claims that Berger was left with “catastrophic and permanent injuries, such as left side paralysis, speech impairment and a 50% loss of vision from both eyes.” At the time of the incident, he was consuming two Juul-pods per day, the equivalent of smoking four full packs of old-style cigarettes. This case marks the first time the e-cigarette company has been sued over an injury this severe. [Read more…]
The opening session on Juul E-Cigarette Litigation at the October 2019 Mass Torts Made Perfect (MTMP) Conference at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas will be led by Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman, along with Mike Papantonio of Levin Papantonio, Robert Eglet of Eglet Adams, and John Yanchunis of Morgan & Morgan. [Read more…]