JUUL Vaping Pods Lawsuit Investigation

Sauder Schlekopf is investigating litigation related to e-cigarettes associated with JUUL vaping pods and other similar devices.

As reported by Buzz Feed on October 29, 2019:

A former Juul executive is alleging in a lawsuit that the fast-growing startup shipped out 1 million contaminated e-cigarette pods earlier this year — but did not tell customers or issue a recall.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Siddharth Breja, a former senior vice president of global finance who worked at the San Francisco–based company from May 2018 to March 2019. In the lawsuit — filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California on the same day that Juul confirmed its plans to lay off about 500 people — Breja claims he was retaliated against for raising concerns about the contaminated shipment.

In another instance, Breja says he was worried when the company, in February 2019, wanted to resell pods that were at that point almost one year old. He protested their resale and urged the company to at least include an expiration or “best by” date, or a date of manufacture, on the packaging. . . .

A Juul spokesperson said that the company would “vigorously defend” against Breja’s “baseless” claims, adding that he was terminated “because he failed to demonstrate the leadership qualities needed in his role.”

The representative also said that Breja’s safety concerns were unfounded, while acknowledging that the “manufacturing issue” that he described had taken place.

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