Oct 15, 2019

Juul faces first lawsuit over a death linked to vaping illness

Juul sign at a convenient store. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

A mother is suing Juul, claiming the e-cigarette maker's nicotine cartridges were a significant factor in causing the death of her 18-year-old son over a year ago, Bloomberg Law reports.

Why it matters: It's the first wrongful-death vaping suit against a major e-cigarette company, as the country's death toll from the illness reaches 26.


  • The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. It says her son was exposed to Juul advertising in 2015 and “became intensely addicted” to the company’s nicotine products.
  • In August 2018, his father discovered him unresponsive. His death was attributed to “breathing complications,” the complaint says.
  • "Consolidated litigation over allegedly improper marketing to minors, including personal-injury suits, is pending there," per Bloomberg Law.

Yes, but: The lung injuries tracked by federal and state officials involve patients who have mostly used THC-containing products. Still, 13% with the illness who reported only using nicotine vaping products.

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Protesters on Tuesday evening by the metal fence recently erected outside the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday night across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day — prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The Army moved 1,600 soldiers from out of state into D.C. area, the Defense Department confirmed in a statement Tuesday. Protesters were still out en masse after curfews began in cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Portland.

Primary elections test impact of protests, coronavirus on voting

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In the midst of a global pandemic and national protests over the death of George Floyd, eight states and the District of Columbia held primary elections on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, needs to win 425 of the 479 delegates up for grabs in order to officially clinch the nomination. There are a number of key down-ballot races throughout the country as well, including a primary in Iowa that could determine the fate of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

Iowa Rep. Steve King defeated in GOP primary

Rep. Steve King. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

State Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated incumbent Rep. Steve King in Tuesday's Republican primary for Iowa's 4th congressional district, according to the Cook Political Report.

Why it matters: King's history of racist remarks has made him one of the most controversial politicians in the country and a pariah within the Republican Party.