California School Districts, Lawyers Gearing Up to Fight JUUL in Lawsuits

June 11, 2020

A national coalition of law firms has filed suit on behalf of the Pomona Unified School District against JUUL Labs Inc. for its role in creating an e-cigarette epidemic and resurgence in youth nicotine addiction that impedes the learning environments in schools across California.

The national law firm coalition includes Baron & Budd, P.C.; Panish Shea & Boyle; Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis and Miles, PC; Wagstaff & Cartmell, LLP; Goza & Honnold, LLC; and Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. The coalition is working together to help school districts and public entities combat the youth vaping epidemic.

More than a dozen California school districts beside Pomona have also filed lawsuits against JUUL’s promotion of its products.

The lawsuits seek injunctive relief and abatement remedy to combat the e-cigarette epidemic, which has severely impacted the school districts by interfering with normal school operations.

The districts are also seeking compensatory damages to provide relief from the districts’ financial losses as a result of students being absent from school, the extensive costs to orchestrate outreach and education programs regarding the risk of vaping, and deploying the enforcement restrictions – such as vape detectors, surveillance systems, and staff to monitor the school’s property in an effort to combat the e-cigarette crisis.

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