Over the last two years, there has been an explosion of electronic cigarettes as people transition away from traditional tobacco products in an effort to conserve their health and choose a seemingly healthier alternative. In fact, many former smokers say they went over to electronic cigarettes to quit smoking altogether, which is obviously a good thing for anyone’s wellbeing, though we do not shame anyone who chooses to smoke. One of the major producers of electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as vapes or e-cigs, Juul, is currently feeling the heat of a product liability lawsuit, and Denver personal injury lawyers should take note how things play out as we’ve seen a history of lawsuits and claims against the tobacco industry.
Juul sold billions worth of shares to the parent company of Phillip Morris, who you may know as the producer of Marlboro cigarettes. This sale prompted the attorney for the estate of a woman who died of smoking-related illnesses to look into Juul and a judge has ordered that the company answer questions in relation to the case. Juul has requested to overturn the order to answer questioning as the case began more than a decade ago, long before the company even formed.
While this is the first time Juul has been ordered to answer questions in a product liability & personal injury case, it is not the first time that they have faced legal troubles. The e-cig company has faced lawsuits for its marketing practices for allegedly targeting younger generations. It is true that younger generations aren’t smoking traditional cigarettes as much as older generations have; however, the fruity and sweet flavors of the oils add a carefree element to the product, which often still contains nicotine, the addictive component of cigarettes.
We are interested to see what the judge says in regards to Juul’s request to avoid questioning and the aftereffects it will have in product liability cases, particularly in the tobacco industry. If you are ever in need of a Denver personal injury attorney to represent you in a product liability case, contact our offices immediately so we can discuss the details of your case and formulate a strategy to earn you the financial compensation you may be entitled to.