Skip to main content
Business

SF E-Cigarette Giant Juul Settles 5K Claims Over Teen Vaping

Written by The Standard StaffPublished Dec. 07, 2022 • 12:30pm
A teen puffs on a Juul e-cigarette in the San Francisco Bay Area on May 16, 2018. | Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

English

Juul Labs says it will pay an undisclosed sum to settle 5,000 lawsuits from 10,000 people in the latest major legal battle over the San Francisco firm’s e-cigarette marketing and whether it’s fueling a teen vaping crisis.

The proposal merges personal injury, consumer protection and Native American litigation into a single Northern California case that took three years to resolve.

And it comes just two months after the vaping giant promised a few dozen states it would shell out $438 million to resolve claims that its fruity e-cigarette flavors hooked young people on tobacco.

The personal injury settlements in the latest federal case will compensate people who suffer from nicotine addiction and related health problems, while the consumer class-action part of the case secured payouts for customers who bought Juul products.

Government claims in the lawsuit carved out funding for school districts, cities and counties to fight youth nicotine addiction. And the tribal portion allocates similar payments for Native American communities. 

Juul said it lined up equity investments to pay for the deal.

Though based in San Francisco, the company cannot sell many of its products in local stores because of a citywide ban on e-cigs and nicotine cartridges sparked by concerns over their appeal to minors.

English

The Standard Staff can be reached at [email protected]


Tech Layoffs are Rampant. Which Company Cut the Most Jobs in Silicon Valley? 

Tech Layoffs are Rampant. Which Company Cut the Most Jobs in Silicon Valley? 


Downtown San Francisco’s Ikea Could Open Sooner Than Planned

Downtown San Francisco’s Ikea Could Open Sooner Than Planned


Will the Tech Downturn Be the Death of SF Real Estate?

Will the Tech Downturn Be the Death of SF Real Estate?


A Tech CEO Used AI To Throw a Dinner Party. Here’s the Menu It Came Up With

A Tech CEO Used AI To Throw a Dinner Party. Here’s the Menu It Came Up With


What Even Is Artificial Intelligence? Your Guide to the AI Gold Rush Hitting SF

What Even Is Artificial Intelligence? Your Guide to the AI Gold Rush Hitting SF


Stay on top of what’s happening in your city

SF’s most important stories, delivered straight to your inbox



By clicking Subscribe you confirm you have read and agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge our Privacy Policy