Sauder Schlekopf is investigating litigation related to e-cigarettes associated with JUUL vaping pods and other similar devices, specifically involving claims on behalf of teens who may have become addicted and vapers without a prior history of smoking. The New York Times recently reported, “Medical experts and federal health officials on [September 6, 2019] warned the public about the dangers of vaping and discouraged using the devices as the number of people with a severe lung illness linked to vaping has more than doubled to 450 possible cases in 33 states. State officials reported two deaths, bringing the number of confirmed fatalities to four.”
“There is clearly an epidemic that begs for an urgent response,” Dr. David C. Christiani of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health wrote in an editorial published in The New England Journal of Medicine. It called on doctors to discourage their patients from using e-cigarettes and for a broader effort to increase public awareness about “the harmful effects of vaping.”
As reported by CNBC, “The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to CEO Kevin Burns after reviewing testimony from two days of hearings in the U.S. House on Juul in July. FDA investigators found the company broke the law ‘by selling or distributing them as modified risk tobacco products without an FDA order in effect that permits such sale or distribution.'”
Sauder Schelkopf is a nationally recognized class action and personal injury law firm. The firm’s partners currently serve as court appointed lead counsel in courts across the country and have been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as some of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania since 2012. The attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf have recovered over $500 million on behalf of their clients and class members.
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