30 California school districts, serving over 1.165 million students, have filed suit as school districts are overwhelmed trying to manage the pervasive “juuling” which has increased by tenfold since 2013.
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The nationally recognized attorneys from Baron & Budd and Panish Shea & Boyle LLP have filed another school district lawsuit against JUUL Labs Inc. for its role in creating an e-cigarette epidemic and resurgence in youth nicotine addiction that impedes the learning environments in schools across California. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District.
To date, the firms have filed on behalf of 29 school districts against JUUL. Joining Baron & Budd and Panish Shea & Boyle in this fight against JUUL are Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis and Miles, PC; Wagstaff & Cartmell, LLP; Goza & Honnold, LLC; and Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. The coalition is working together to help school districts combat the youth vaping epidemic.
This district joins 29 other school districts that have also filed to take a stand against JUUL’s promotion of dangerous and addictive products, including:
- Acalanes Union High School District
- Anaheim Elementary School District
- Anaheim Union High School District
- Burbank Unified School District
- Cajon Valley Union School District
- Campbell Union High School District
- Castro Valley Unified School District
- Ceres Unified School District
- Chico Unified School District
- Compton Unified School District
- Davis Joint Unified School District
- Downey Unified School District
- El Dorado Union High School District
- Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
- Glendale Unified School District
- King City Union School District
- Los Angeles Unified School District (second largest school district in the nation)
- Menifee Union School District
- Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
- North Monterey County Unified School District
- North Valley Military Institute
- Pacific Grove Unified School District
- Pajaro Valley Unified School District
- Poway Unified School District
- Rocklin Unified School District
- San Diego Unified School District (second largest district in California)
- Santa Cruz City Schools
- Scotts Valley Unified School District
- Woodland Joint Unified School District
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.
“As a result of the youth-targeted marketing tactics employed by JUUL, schools are having to take on unexpected expenses to try to help their students understand the dangers of e-cigarettes,” said Baron & Budd Shareholder John Fiske. “All of these districts across California are concerned about the safety of their students and the quality of their education. We think JUUL has demonstrated they are only concerned about their profits and not the greater impact their product has on our youth.”
“Like so many school districts that have been impacted by youth vaping, San Lorenzo Valley Unified can no longer carry the burden of e-cigarette use among its students on campus,” said Panish Shea & Boyle LLP Partner Rahul Ravipudi. “We are ready to hold JUUL accountable for creating a vaping crisis that has reached epidemic proportions, putting the health and safety of all students and staff at risk.”
Since entering the market in 2015, JUUL has dominated the e-cigarette industry and has controlled 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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