Vaping Seen to Dramatically Increase Chances of Contracting Covid-19, Intensification of Coronavirus Illness

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Emerging data on coronavirus indicate radically heightened risks, particularly for young vapers and smokers

The New York Times reports that experts are warning the corona virus and its attendant respiratory disease are more easily contracted by and can cause elevated damage to the already-scarred lungs of smokers and vapers. Several new studies have found that smoking can double a person’s risk of severe covid-19 symptoms, and researchers are now reporting that young adults who vape are five times more likely to contract the coronavirus. There are also heightened concerns about other vape liquid additives such as Vitamin E acetate, which can further expose the lungs of vapers to toxins and foreign contaminants. This exposure weakens the body’s ability to fight diseases as airways become clogged and the flow of oxygen to the blood is impeded. [Read more…]

U.S. Lawmakers Urge FDA to Clear E-cigarettes From Market For Duration of Coronavirus Crisis

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As reported by CNN, lawmakers have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to temporarily clear the market of all e-cigarettes for the length of the coronavirus crisis. In a letter, lawmakers highlighted emerging research suggesting that vape use may be tied to an increased risk of acquiring Covid-19 as well as heightened or intensified symptoms. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs Move to Consolidate Fraud & Injury Lawsuits in Nationwide Juul E-Cigarette Litigation

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As reported by Law360 (subscription), plaintiffs in Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury cases united to file two consolidated complaints on Wednesday, unifying allegations that the vaping powerhouse caused widespread lung injuries by aggressively and fraudulently marketing its devices to underage teens and younger children. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks to Education Week About the Role School Districts Will Play in Fraud and Injury Litigation Against JUUL

Mark Chalos Talks to Education Week About the Role School Districts Will Play in Fraud and Injury Litigation Against JUUL

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos spoke recently with Education Week for the article “School Districts Are Suing JUUL Over Youth Vaping. Do They Stand a Chance?” on the role districts will play in the huge wave of litigation against e-cigarette manufacturer, Juul. For their part, school districts seek to recover the costs of smoking prevention programs, counseling, and treatment for addicted students – the same students JUUL allegedly targeted with their fraudulent and predatory vaping ad campaigns. [Read more…]

Sarah London Appointed Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in National Juul E-Cigarette Litigation

Sarah London Appointed Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in National Juul E-Cigarette Litigation

On December 20, 2019, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of the Northern District of California issued an order naming Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London  as Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs in the nationwide multidistrict Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury litigation. [Read more…]

Sarah London Appointed an Interim Plaintiff Leader in National Juul Litigation

Sarah London Appointed an Interim Plaintiff Leader in National Juul Litigation

As reported by Law.com (subscription), U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of the Northern District of California has appointed Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London along with three other attorneys to handle preliminary matters on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide in the the multidistrict Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury litigation. [Read more…]

Law.com Highlights Sarah London Among Lawyers Seeking to Lead Juul Lawsuits

Law.com Highlights Sarah London Among Lawyers Seeking to Lead Juul Lawsuits

Law.com highlights individual lawyers seeking leadership roles in Juul MDL

As reported by Law.com (subscription), a diverse set of nearly 50 lawyers have submitted proposals to lead the national multidistrict Juul e-cigarette fraud and injury litigation. One of the proposed leadership teams includes Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London, and if approved would be one of the most diverse in multidistrict litigation history. The team includes ten women and three minority lawyers. The group may also add two additional women. [Read more…]

Wendy Fleishman to Discuss Juul E-Cigarette Litigation at Opening Session of “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference Day 2

Wendy Fleishman to Discuss Juul E-Cigarette Litigation at Opening Session of “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference Day 2

Lieff Cabraser partner Wendy R. Fleishman will share in leading the session-opening Juul E-Cigarette Litigation seminar on day two of the October 22-24, 2019 Mass Torts Made Perfect (MTMP) Conference in Las Vegas. The session entitled “Corporate Cancer Again: Juul” will examine the burgeoning Juul fraud and injury litigation as lung injury cases mount up and Juul comes under ever-increasing scrutiny for its alleged misconduct in understating vape dangers and marketing its products to teens. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Multiple Teen Injury Lawsuits Against JUUL Over Stroke, Lung Collapse, and Seizure Related to E-Cigarette Use

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Three new separate Juul lawsuits filed in California state court advance claims for injuries, design defects, strict products liability, negligence, fraudulent concealment, among other claims

September 30, 2019—(SAN FRANCISCO)—The national plaintiffs’ law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces the filing of three separate injury and fraud lawsuits on behalf of teenagers from California and Illinois against JUUL Labs, Inc. in Superior Court in San Francisco. The suits bring claims for a variety of lung and cardiovascular injuries as well as common claims for strict products liability, design defects, failure to warn, negligence, failure to recall, fraudulent concealment, intentional misrepresentation, and violations of California Unfair Competition Laws as well as violations of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act. [Read more…]

Juul and Other ‘Daredevil’ Startups Break Rules and Play With Fire

Juul and Other ‘Daredevil’ Startups Break Rules and Play With Fire

New article in Medium highlights Juul Stroke Injury lawsuit and includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London

A new piece published in Marker, Medium’s business publication takes aim at ‘lawless’ startups, so-called “Daredevil Unicorns” worth a billion dollars or more, such as Uber, Airbnb, and Juul, who stand out for their unabashed readiness to break rules that almost everyone else observes and an “utter disregard for the societal rubble they leave behind.” [Read more…]

FDA Issues Official Warning to JUUL Labs Over Illegal Marketing Practices

FDA Issues Official Warning to JUUL Labs Over Illegal Marketing Practices

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…]

Health Officials Say Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illness on the Rise

Health Officials Say Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Illness on the Rise

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…]

Wendy Fleishman to Discuss Juul E-Cigarette Litigation at Upcoming “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

Wendy Fleishman to Discuss Juul E-Cigarette Litigation at “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

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.
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Teens Hospitalized For Juul-Related Lung Damage Skyrocket in Numbers

Teens Hospitalized For Juul-Related Lung Damage Skyrocket in Numbers

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…]

Wendy Fleishman and Sarah London to Speak at HarrisMartin’s JUUL, E-Cigarettes & Vaping Conference

Wendy Fleishman and Sarah London to Speak at HarrisMartin’s JUUL, E-Cigarettes & Vaping Conference

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 Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Teen Who Suffered Massive Stroke From Juul Vaped Tobacco Products

Lieff Cabraser Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Teen Who Suffered Massive Stroke From Juul Vaped Tobacco Products

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…]

Wendy Fleishman to Discuss Juul E-Cigarette Litigation at “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

Wendy Fleishman to Discuss Juul E-Cigarette Litigation at “Mass Torts Made Perfect” Fall 2019 Conference

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…]