Settlement provides resources to combat the vaping epidemic
Ferrara Fiorenza PC is pleased to announce 143 school districts and BOCES in New York State have been awarded over $3.6 million to settle their claims alleging JUUL Labs Inc. fraudulently and intentionally marketed vaping products to children.
The Firm’s clients coordinated with firm partner Jeffrey Lewis in joining a mass tort action seeking recovery for past and future damages relating to student vaping, including money spent on vaping-related issues on campus.
“Vaping among children is an extremely harmful and pervasive problem that our school district clients are facing every day,” said Joseph Shields, Managing Partner. “We were thrilled that 143 of our clients opted to stand together and join this mass-action lawsuit to advocate for students and taxpayers throughout the state. This settlement will go a long way in helping our communities and school districts develop the resources needed to combat the student vaping epidemic.”
The settlement provides resources for schools to fund future expenses, for example, the cost of installing vape detectors in district bathrooms, hiring additional staff to supervise vaping areas on campus, hiring additional counselors to deal with well-documented social and emotional issues associated with nicotine addiction, and developing and operating educational programs about the harms of vaping.
According to U.S. News and World Reports, a variety of plaintiffs joined the nationwide lawsuit against JUUL Labs Inc., including “individuals and families of Juul users, school districts, city governments, and Native American tribes.”