PHILADELPHIA – A Bucks County school district alleges that Juul has used social media platforms, educational programs at schools and other marketing resources to appeal to youth with misleading information regarding its vaping products and nicotine addiction.
The Quakertown Community School District filed a complaint Nov. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Juul Labs Inc., alleging violation of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, public nuisance, negligence, gross negligence, willful misconduct, strict product liability and unjust enrichment.
"Juul’s tortious and illegal conduct has given rise to an epidemic of vaping across America and within plaintiff’s school district," Quakertown alleges in its suit.
Quakertown also alleges it has been "forced to expend significant resources combating this public nuisance of defendant’s creation."
Quakertown seeks compensatory and punitive damages, a trial by jury, interest and all other just relief. It is represented by Stephen Corr of Begley Carlin & Mandio in Langhorne; Thomas Cartmell, Jonathan Kieffer and Tyler Hudson of Wagstaff & Cartmell in Kansas City, Missouri; and others.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:19-CV-05135-RBS