Sixteen California school districts have filed suit to take a stand against JUUL’s interference with public education
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The nationally recognized attorneys from Baron & Budd and Panish Shea & Boyle LLP have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Castro Valley 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 educational and learning environment in schools across California.
The lawsuit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court and the Case Numbers is HG20052619.
This district joins Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the nation, San Diego Unified, the second largest district in California, Glendale Unified, Compton Unified, Anaheim Elementary, King City Union, Ceres Unified, Chico Unified, Davis Joint Unified, Poway Unified School District, Rocklin Unified School District, Acalanes Union High School District, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, Anaheim Union High School District, and Campbell Union High School District to take a stand against JUUL’s promotion of dangerous and addictive products.
“These sixteen school districts, which represent and serve over 1 million students across California, are leading a statewide movement to hold JUUL accountable for infringing on campus operations and wasting taxpayer resources responding to the vaping crisis,” said Baron & Budd Shareholder, John Fiske. “School districts of all shapes and sizes are standing up for their student communities—from northern, central, and southern California, from urban, suburban, and rural communities—they are all standing up.”
“School Districts can no longer tolerate the health risks brought upon its students or the financial burden associated with admonishing a systemic and widespread vaping epidemic from its campuses – JUUL must be held accountable,” said Panish Shea & Boyle LLP Partner, Rahul Ravipudi. “We are proud to stand beside Castro Valley Unified, and the 15 other school districts throughout California, who are championing for the safety, wellness and future of their students by taking on the schoolyard bully preying on the youth of America.”
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.
Since entering the market in 2015, JUUL has dominated the e-cigarette industry and now controls over 70% of the market. Over a million JUUL e-cigarettes were sold between 2015 and 2017. In fact, the e-cigarette category grew 97 percent to $1.96 billion between June 2017 and June 2018 alone. That growth is largely based on JUUL’s market strategy, which is to target school-age children, the lawsuit alleges.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that the 2018 spike in nicotine vaping was the largest for any substance recorded in 44 years and the number of youth e-cigarette users increased by 1.5 million between 2017 and 2018. The lawsuit alleges JUUL’s aggressive, strategic marketing and product designs not only create an addiction crisis among youth consumers, but also a broader health crisis.
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