Four Proposed Settlements Reached in JUUL Labs E-Cigarette Litigation
Girard Sharp and co-counsel announced today that four proposed settlements have been reached in the federal multidistrict In re: JUUL Labs, Inc., Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation. Together, these four separate global settlements with JUUL Labs, Inc. will help address youth use of e-cigarettes. Partner Dena Sharp leads the litigation alongside co-counsel at Lieff Cabraser, Keller Rohrback, and Weitz & Luxenberg.
The settlements follow three-plus years of hard-fought litigation in both state and federal court, and will provide needed relief for individuals, local government entities, and Native American tribes. The settlements include over 8,500 personal injury cases, over 1,400 government entity cases, and 34 tribal cases. “The scope of these suits is enormous,” notes counsel. “These settlements will put meaningful compensation in hands of victims and their families, get real funds to schools for abatement programs, and help government and tribal entities prevent youth use of e-cigarettes across the U.S.”
The four settlements resolve the personal injury, consumer class action, government entity, and tribal cases brought in the federal MDL and the California JCCP proceeding:
- The personal injury settlement will provide meaningful compensation to people suffering from nicotine addiction and other injuries.
- The consumer class action settlement will remunerate consumers who purchased JUUL products.
- The government entity settlement will provide resources to school districts, cities, and counties to abate youth nicotine addiction in their communities; and
- The tribal settlement will provide similar much-needed funding for Native American tribes.
The Court will hold a hearing in the near future to review the proposed class settlement. Follow along on Twitter and girardsharp.com for ongoing news about this case.