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FDA Bans Most Flavored Vaping Pods

In an effort to limit teen vaping, the FDA has placed a ban on most flavored vaping products. Mint and fruit flavored nicotine vaping cartridges must be removed from distribution by the end of January 2020. E-cigarette companies may also face regulatory action if their products are market to minors or if they do not take adequate measures to prevent children from accessing the products. The rise in e-cigarette use among teens, coupled with lung illnesses from vaping that have killed at least 55 people across 27 states, has prompted the regulatory agency to issue the ban.

Juul Labs corners the majority of the e-cigarette and vaping product market, and is at the center of many lawsuits and federal investigations alleging that the company targeted young people, including minors, and failed to warn consumers that their vaping products contain nicotine. Juul is also being accused of promoting its vaping products as healthier alternatives to cigarettes. Vape pen use, often called Juuling, has been linked to lung damage and even death among young people.

If you or a loved one suffered a vaping related illness or died from a vaping illness, please call us at 888-984-7988 to discuss your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

 

CDC Reports 47 Deaths and Nearly 2,300 Illnesses Associated with Vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that 47 deaths and almost 2,300 illnesses have been attributed to vaping. The CDC identified vitamin E acetate, an additive in some THC-containing e-cigarettes, to be associated with many of these illnesses and deaths. The CDC notes that vaping lung disease symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, and weight loss.

Lung illnesses and deaths linked to flavored electronic cigarette use have skyrocketed in just the past few months, leading to a number of health organizations lobbying for tighter regulations on vaping. Additionally, lawsuits have been filed on behalf of young adults affected by vaping injuries, claiming that e-cigarette companies—namely Juul Labs Inc., the industry’s largest—used deceptive advertising to market their products as being safer alternatives to cigarettes.

If you or a loved one suffered a vaping related illness or died from a vaping illness, please call us at (866) 333-3895 to discuss your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

NYC Council Bans Flavored Vaping Products After Second Vaping-Related Death in the City

After two New Yorkers recently passed away due to vaping-related illnesses, New York City has outlawed the sale of nearly all flavored e-cigarette products. In October, a 17-year old New Yorker died from a vaping illness, and a Manhattan man in his 30s recently succumbed to a similar condition.

Under the new law, tobacco shop owners could face penalties starting at $1,000 for selling the products. Known as Juuling, using e-cigarette products from manufacturer Juul Labs (which holds the majority of the vaping product market) has led to lung disease among thousands of consumers—and many of them are young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 2,300 people nationwide have been treated for vaping-related illnesses and 47 have died.

Lawsuits have been filed against e-cigarette companies, namely lawsuits against Juul, alleging the companies marketed their products to young people as being safer alternatives to cigarettes, and failing to warn consumers that their vaping products contain nicotine. If you or a loved one suffered a vaping related illness or died from a vaping illness, please call us at (866) 333-3895 to discuss your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

Time is Running Out For Camp Fire Victims to File Claims

The deadline of 5pm on December 31st is rapidly approaching for survivors of the Camp Fire to file compensation claims. Those affected by the deadly fire sparked by a neglected transmission tower owned by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) must file with the court overseeing the utility’s bankruptcy. PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January 2019 in the wake of the fire that decimated 19,000 structures and killed 85 people. A $13.5 billion settlement was recently reached with PG&E to settle individual fire-related claims—but residents and business owners only have about another week to file to receive funds from this settlement.

If you or your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, don’t wait until the deadline to file your claim. Contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

PG&E Tests New Technology to Prevent Future Fires 

The Camp Fire that raged through Paradise, CA in November 2018 was the deadliest in the state’s history—killing at least 85 people. Responsible for igniting the blaze was malfunctioning equipment owned and operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Reports by state regulators detailed that the utility company failed to properly inspect and maintain certain transmission towers, violating 12 state safety rules.

As PG&E accepts blame for the fire—and navigates Chapter 11 Bankruptcy—the company is now looking for ways to prevent future fires. PG&E is testing technology developed by a Texas A&M engineering professor to detect issues with power lines before they become major problems. The technological tool picks up on variations in electrical currents caused by deteriorating conditions or equipment and alerts utility operators so they can remedy the issue.

If you or your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, you only have until 5pm on December 31, 2019 to file for compensation from PG&E. Don’t wait until the deadline to file your claim. Contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

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