Juul Lawsuit Attorneys
Electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes or e-cigs, have exploded in popularity in recent years. While the devices are often presented as being a healthy alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes for people who are attempting to quit smoking, various kinds of flavored e-cigarettes have led to a disturbing number of younger people using e-cigarettes.
In October 2018, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that Juul’s 3.2 million monthly sales had surpassed the 2.7 million of British American Tobacco. Furthermore, CNBC had reported only three months prior that Juul’s market share reached 68 percent when its sales grew 882 percent, and the e-cigarette category as a whole increased 97 percent to $1.96 billion.
The accuracy of Juul’s claim as being a safe alternative to traditional cigarette smoking has been the subject of some debate, as some studies have found e-cigarettes to have risks that can make the activity just as if not more dangerous than smoking tobacco. The notable use of e-cigarettes by teenagers and children prompted multiple investigations by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Did you or your child suffer an injury because of a Juul e-cigarette? You need to know that you may have a legal claim against Juul relating to a dangerous or defective product.
You will want to contact CHASENBOSCOLO for assistance exploring all of your legal options. Call (301) 220-0050 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need A Juul Injury Lawyer?
People who have been harmed by Juul products do not always immediately connect their ailments to use of Juul devices. Even when a person does know that their injuries are related to using a Juul product, they are usually clueless about what they can do to recover compensation for the costs they have incurred.
You need to know that Juul is well-prepared to deny liability for most Juul-related injuries, and the company may very well claim that you were at fault for your injuries because of improper use of the product. The first reason for you to work with an attorney is that they can conduct their own investigation into your injuries and how they happened.
Some Juul injuries could stem from actual issues related to a defective product, and a lawyer can determine the exact type of product defect that caused your injuries. Product defects could be the result of a defective product design or an error in the manufacturing process, but manufacturers can also be responsible for failures to warn users about possible dangerous uses of a product.
You will also want an attorney’s guidance on whether you should join a class action lawsuit or if it will be better for you to pursue your own independent case. The most valuable aspect of hiring a lawyer is that they will be aware of all of the critical legal deadlines relating to your case and they can handle essential filing requirements so you can focus on your recovery.
Why Choose CHASENBOSCOLO To Handle My Case?
Our clients have been our priority at CHASENBOSCOLO since our founding in 1986, and we make ourselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our team of 25 lawyers and over 90 professionals with more than 100 years of combined legal experience have recovered over $750 million for our clients.
Barry M. Chasen and Benjamin T. Boscolo each have over 30 years of legal experience. Both attorneys received the prestigious AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a mark denoting the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Chasen was named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2013. Mr. Boscolo served as a Workers Compensation Panelist for both the National Football Players Association and Major League Soccer Players Association.
When you work with CHASENBOSCOLO, you also receive the No Fee Guarantee®, so nothing is paid without a financial award. Our firm can negotiate a just settlement to your case that covers all of your past, present, and future expenses, but we will not be afraid to file a lawsuit when necessary to get justice.
Types of Juul Lawsuit Cases We Handle
One class-action lawsuit filed against Juul in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida identified seven causes of action that provide a valuable template for many similar legal actions. The causes of action included:
- Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act Violations — Juul was subject to RICO after entering into an agreement with Altria in December 2018 and using mail, telephone, internet, and interstate commerce to market to children.
- Fraud — Even though Juul products were highly addictive, they were advertised as being non-addictive or less addictive than cigarettes.
- Failure to Warn (Product Liability) — Juul failed to warn people about the increased risks of nicotine exposure and addiction.
- Design Defect (Product Liability) — The Juul product could be considered defective because it contains and delivers more nicotine than the company claims.
- Negligence — Juul was negligent in failing to prevent its product from being marketed or sold to minors.
- Unjust Enrichment — The unlawful and deceptive practices of Juul allowed it to be enriched at the expense of its users.
- Violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act — The Florida lawsuit claimed that Juul violated state law prohibiting certain unfair or deceptive acts and practices.
According to the United States Fire Administration, 195 separate reports involved e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the United States between January 2009 and December 31, 2016, and these incidents caused 133 acute injuries. Burn injuries are the most common result of most fires and explosions, but some of these incidents may cause disfiguring injuries.
Some of the other health conditions associated with e-cigarettes include, but are not limited to:
- Lung irritation and diseases
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Reduced immune response
- Heart attacks
- Cardiovascular disease
- Muscular pain
- Increased risk of blood clots
- Enlargement of the aorta
- Lung spasms
- Sleep disturbances
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Altered brain development
- Increased risk of stroke
- Blood restriction to the brain
- Eosinophilic pneumonia
- Developmental and reproductive problems
- Increased blood pressure
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Popcorn lung
- Peptic ulcers
CBS News reported on May 17, 2018, that an 18-year-old in Pennsylvania who had been vaping for only three weeks developed respiratory failure and needed to be placed on a breathing machine. Doctors noted that the teenager had a history of very mild asthma and diagnosed her with acute respiratory distress syndrome, or “wet lung.”
What actions has the FDA taken against Juul?
On April 23, 2018, the FDA announced a series of new enforcement and regulatory steps and a Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to stop youth use of and access to JUUL and other e-cigarettes. Only five months later, the FDA sent warning letters to Juul Labs and four of the other largest manufacturers of e-cigarettes which allowed the companies 60 days to describe plans to address youth use of their products. According to the FDA, the agency conducted 908,280 inspections of retail establishments that sell tobacco products, issued 70,350 warning letters to retailers for violating the law, and initiated about 17,000 civil money penalty cases.
Do I have to join a class-action lawsuit against Juul?
You are not required to join a class-action lawsuit. All class members are typically given a chance to “opt-out” of a class action case and pursue their own claims. If a person fails to opt-out, however, they could be bound by the terms of a settlement. It will be vital for you to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible about your own case and what options you might have so you can pick the avenue that will be most beneficial to you.
What is the difference between a manufacturing defect and a design defect?
Defective product cases based on manufacturing defects are claiming that some kind of error in the manufacturing of a product rendered the product to be dangerous. A defective design claim argues that a fundamental error in the design of the product rendered it dangerous regardless of how it was manufactured. A manufacturing defect can only affect a single product or batch of products, but a defective design claim is often far more damaging because it renders all products as being dangerous.
Juul Lawsuit Statistics
JAMA reported that Juul’s sales increased 641 percent from 2.2 million in 2016 to 16.2 million in 2017. The company’s average annual market share of total e-cigarette sales increased 515 percent, from 2 percent to 13 percent between 2016 and 2017.
According to Bloomberg, Juul attempted to raise $1.2 billion and valued the company at $15 billion. Juul’s sales increased 783 percent when it reached $942.6 million, according to a Wells Fargo analysis of Nielsen data.
The FDA reported on November 15, 2018, that new findings from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) showed that more than 3.6 million middle and high school students were current (defined as the past 30 days) e-cigarette users in 2018, and that figure more than doubled the 1.5 million students in the previous year. According to the FDA, American high school students who reported being current e-cigarette users increased 78 percent between 2017 and 2018 to 3.05 million (or 20.8 percent) and middle school students increased 48 percent to 570,000 (or 4.9 percent).
Contact a Juul Lawsuit Attorney in Birmingham Today
If you or your child sustained an injury from using a Juul e-cigarette, it is going to be critical for you to seek legal representation so you can have the best chance of holding the manufacturer accountable. Juul has no interest in taking care of its users, but CHASENBOSCOLO will make every effort to see to it that you are taken care of.
Our firm will fight to make sure that you get every dollar of compensation you are entitled to. You can have us examine your case when you call (301) 220-0050 or contact us online right now to take advantage of a free consultation.