You could sue Juul for becoming addicted to its products. However, it is unlikely this lawsuit would be successful. While being addicted is unfortunate, unless you suffered a major health concern (like cancer) because of your usage, you would have a hard time proving your case’s required elements.
If you suffered an adverse health event because of Juul, a product liability lawyer could help you build a case against Juul for your injuries. This would likely have a much greater chance of success than a case based on addiction alone. Many people have already filed lawsuits against Juul, and a mass tort is currently underway. You could join other claimants in holding the company responsible.
You Could Sue Juul If You Suffered a Health Complication
Many people who use Juul devices and other e-cigs are reporting seizures, strokes, heart attacks, and serious lung injuries. They claim the chemicals used to make Juul pods and e-cig fluids cause significant injuries.
- Lung injuries: The lung injuries tied to e-cig use include bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Seizures: Seizures are a common side effect of toxic levels of nicotine, which is possible when people use e-cigs frequently or do not realize the pods contain nicotine.
- Hemorrhagic strokes: Hemorrhagic strokes occur as a result of bleeding in the brain. Lawsuits claim this is a side effect of vaping and inhaling vape fluid.
There is also evidence to show that addiction or regular use of Juul devices and other e-cigarettes increases the risk of heart disease and strokes. A study presented at the International Stroke Conference in 2019 found a significantly increased risk of stroke and heart disease in e-cig users over those who did not use these devices.
E-cigarette, or Vaping Product, Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)
A serious lung condition known as EVALI was first reported and named in mid-2019. It caused many hospitalizations and several deaths. Many required intubation, lung transplants, or ongoing respiratory support. If you or a loved one used e-cigarettes and developed EVALI or an unknown respiratory injury, you could hold Juul or another manufacturer responsible.
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You Can Join an Ongoing Juul and E-Cig Mass Tort Based on Your Injuries
A mass torts lawyer can explain your rights and weigh your options. You could participate in an ongoing mass tort and hold the manufacturers of these devices and e-cig fluids legally responsible. The case is MDL-2913 IN RE: Juul Labs, Inc., Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation.
This multidistrict litigation (MDL) includes both class action lawsuits and individual personal injury cases. As of November 16, 2023, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation reported 5,148 actions pending in the case. You could join these plaintiffs by filing your own lawsuit.
Currently, Senior District Judge William H. Orrick is overseeing this case in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. The claims against Juul in this MDL include:
- Juul intentionally marketed its products to minors.
- Juul promoted nicotine use, including in ways that attracted minors.
- Juul failed to warn users that its products were more addictive than cigarettes.
- Juul sold a dangerous product without adequate warnings.
The plaintiffs in these cases suffered a wide range of health effects because of their e-cigarette use. Some have relatively minor health complications, while others are wrongful death claimants.
How do These Mass Torts Work?
MDL is one of the most effective ways the courts can handle thousands of similar cases at the same time. The U.S. Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidates these cases into one mass tort for discovery, pre-trial motions, and the initial bellwether trials. This prevents the cases from slowing down the lower courts and causing a backlog.
In MDL, the plaintiffs work together to build a compelling case against the defendant. Each side develops evidence and prepares to present it to the jury in bellwether trials. This gives them the opportunity to see how a jury will react to their side of the story.
When this process does not go well for the defendants, it commonly leads to global or tiered settlement offers. Many mass torts end with settlements in this way. Any plaintiff who chooses not to accept a settlement can still take their case to trial in its original jurisdiction.
What Should I Do If I Want to Sue Juul for My Addiction and Injuries?
Many people are already in the process of suing Juul and other e-cig manufacturers for intentionally marketing their vaping devices and fluids to teens and young people, deceiving users about their addictive nature, and causing serious health complications. You may be able to join them.
An attorney handling product liability cases near you can review your options and help you understand your next steps. Van Law provides free consultations for injured parties and their families. They can assess your next steps and represent you with no upfront costs. You only pay from the money recovered in your case, never out of your pocket.
If you are considering pursuing compensation, you should preserve any unused vaping fluids or Juul pods, and keep the device you used. You should also make notes about when you began using the devices, how often you use them, and other details about your use. This will be key in documenting your use and tying the Juul fluid to your injuries.
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Van Law is representing injured parties who used e-cigs and suffered serious health issues. We provide free consultations to ensure you understand your rights and legal options. You may be able to participate in the ongoing mass tort against Juul and other manufacturers. Let us assess your case for free today.
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