A Sarasota County family suing JUUL , and tobacco giants
A Sarasota County girl and her parents are suing JUUL and two tobacco giants for allegedly breaking federal laws by intentionally targeting teenagers while falsely denying doing so.
The class action lawsuit, brought by Sarasota County residents Erin and Jared NesSmith and their daughter, accuses e–cigarette company JUUL Labs Inc. and tobacco company Altria Group Inc., which owns Philip Morris USA Inc. of violating federal racketeering laws by purposely exploiting adolescents and getting them hooked on the aerosol devices that deliver a more powerful hit of nicotine than cigarettes.
Philip Morris recently acquired a 35 percent ownership interest in JUUL. According to the Herald-Tribune, the family is seeking damages under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and for fraud, product liability and deceptive trade practices.