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Hundreds of Juul Vaping Lawsuits Organized as Multi-District Litigation

With over 300 lawsuits filed against Juul Labs, a manufacturer of popular vaping products, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has centralized these cases into a multi-district litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. An MDL is a mechanism often used by the courts to coordinate multiple cases alleging similar claims under one umbrella to eliminate duplicative discovery efforts and get an idea of how a judge may rule on each case.

In the Juul MDL, the cases have been coordinated before U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick III. The plaintiffs similarly allege that Juul targeted young people in their marketing efforts, including minors, and failed to warn consumers that their vaping products contain nicotine. Juul is also accused of promoting its vaping products as healthier alternatives to cigarettes. Juul vape pen use, often called Juuling, has been linked to lung damage and death among young people. At the beginning of 2020, the FDA banned most flavored nicotine vaping products, as lung illness linked to vaping had so far taken the lives of 55 people across 27 states.

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.

Thousands Sue 3M for Hearing Loss Caused by Faulty Earplugs

According to a court documents issued on January 21, 2020, nearly 140,000 individuals in the United States have presented claims for hearing loss or tinnitus allegedly caused by 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs. Tens of thousands of additional complaints are predicted to be filed in the near future.

Many of the people affected are military veterans, as the devices were standard issue to all service members between 2003 and 2015. Each of the plaintiffs raise similar allegations, pointing to design defects that caused inadequate hearing protection. This resulted in permanent hearing loss and tinnitus for thousands of people.

To organize the plethora of 3M earplug hearing loss claims, a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) was established. Plaintiffs and defendants are now in a process to select cases for the bellwether trial.

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If you or a loved one used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during your service in the U.S. military and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

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.

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