Juul MDL Mostly Survives Latest Round Of Dismissal Bids
By Hailey Konnath (April 13, 2021, 9:28 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday largely left intact multidistrict litigation claiming Juul Labs Inc. intentionally marketed its harmful tobacco products to young people, rejecting the second wave of motions to dismiss from the e-cigarette maker's part-owner Altria Group Inc.
Altria, which holds a 35% stake in Juul, had argued that the plaintiffs hadn't sufficiently alleged its purported role in and control of Juul. But U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick said in his order that the plaintiff school districts, Native American tribes and municipal governments in the MDL have posited a plausible theory for their Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act...
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