Posted By: SSF Law Firm Posted On: October 9, 2019
Pittsburgh firm Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Westmoreland County woman against the makers of Juul electronic cigarettes. The suit, filed October 2, 2019, charges that JUUL Labs, based in San Francisco, and Altria Group of Richmond, VA, that has an ownership interest in JUUL, failed to warn Kimberly Mays of the dangers associated with their popular vaping product.
The lawsuit states that Mays, a mother of two, suffered from “catastrophic injuries” and is “now in a state of dependency – relying on others to care for her.” Mays says that she suffered one seizure in June and a second in July and that each seizure occurred less than a half-hour after using a Juul vaping device. She was hospitalized after both seizures.
The lawsuit has also accused the defendants of violating the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.
The lawsuit is seeking punitive damages as well as a tripling of any statutory damages. Mays’ attorney, Craig Fishman, says that this appears to be the first federal lawsuit filed against JUUL in the Western District of Pennsylvania. Fishman says that this suit will likely join other similar complaints against the company that is being transferred to the federal court of jurisdiction in San Francisco.
“We’re alleging manipulation of the nicotine concentration, making it more addictive, and misrepresentation of the addictive potential and the nicotine concentration in the cigarette, which was all part of the (transfer) that was recently approved,” said Fishman.
JUUL and other e-cigarette manufacturers have been under fire lately, and the Federal Trade Commission recently announced it is seeking information related to various companies’ sales, advertising, and promotional methods related to e-cigarettes.
If you or a loved one have become injured or ill after using JUUL products or similar electronic cigarette products, please contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman for a free consultation by calling 888-988-9467.