Calif. Jury Awards $1.9M In Exploding E-Cigarette Trial

Law360, Los Angeles (October 1, 2015, 8:08 PM EDT) -- A California jury on Wednesday awarded $1.9 million to a woman whose e-cigarette exploded and seriously burned her, finding the manufacturer and seller liable for her injuries.

The product liability suit highlights a lack of scrutiny on the e-cigarette industry, said the plaintiff Jennifer Ries' lawyer, Gregory L. Bentley of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP.

"This industry is unregulated and remains ripe for disaster," Bentley said in a written statement. "Sadly, the industry's carelessness struck Jennifer and changed her life forever. We are thankful for the jury's verdict and hope it will jolt the industry to take steps to ensure and...

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