E-Cigarette Maker Juul Settles More Than 10,000 Lawsuits For $1.2 Billion

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Dec 09, 2022 - 03:51 PM

Update (1050ET): In addition to the settlements below, Bloomberg just reported that e-cigarette maker Juul Labs has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to resolve about 10,000 lawsuits targeting the e-cigarette maker as a major cause of a US youth-vaping epidemic, according to people familiar with the matter.

As The Epoch Times' Katabella Roberts detailed earlier, the accord, which hasn’t yet been finalized, was announced on Tuesday, but an amount wasn’t disclosed.

Packages of Juul mint flavored e-cigarettes are displayed at San Rafael Smokeshop in San Rafael, Calif., on Nov. 7, 2019. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In a press release, Juul said the settlements “represent a major step toward strengthening Juul Labs’ operations and securing the company’s path forward to fulfill its mission to transition adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes while combating underage use.”

The lawsuits were filed against Juul Labs and its officers and directors, and the settlement resolves claims of personal injury, consumer class action, government entity, and Native American tribes.

The company said that it cannot disclose the amount of the settlement at this time due to the court process, but noted that it has “secured an equity investment to fund the resolution.”

Over the past year, Juul Labs also has settled with 37 states and territories, and we remain in ongoing discussions with other key stakeholders to resolve the remaining litigation,” the company said.

The latest settlement comes after Juul in September said it would pay $438.5 million to 34 states and territories as part of its “ongoing commitment to resolve issues from the past.”

That settlement followed a two-year investigation into the company’s marketing and sales practices of its high-nicotine vaping products amid a surge in teen vaping.

Surge in Teen Vaping

The investigation found that the company had marked its e-cigarettes to underage teens via launch parties, product giveaways, and adverts on social media that featured young models, according to officials.

At the time, Juul said in a statement that it “remains focused on the future as we work to fulfill our mission to transition adult smokers away from cigarettes—the number-one cause of preventable death—while combating underage use.”

The company also said that it had appealed a decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove its products from stores in the United States due to concerns over toxicology levels, noting that the appeal was based on “science and evidence.”

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