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Natrona County School District's lawsuit against Juul set to officially join California litigation

Natrona County School District's lawsuit against Juul set to officially join California litigation

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A high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus on April 11, 2018 in Cambridge, Mass. The Natrona County School District has filed a lawsuit against e-cigarette giant Juul.

The Natrona County School District’s lawsuit against e-cigarette giant Juul will officially be moved to a northern California federal court, where sprawling litigation against the company is being consolidated.

The order requiring the move was filed in federal court Monday. The district’s school board gave the go-ahead to sue Juul in May, and the suit was filed in federal court in Wyoming last month. The attorney representing the district, Jackson’s Jason Ochs, told the Star-Tribune that the lawsuit would be moved to California, where more than 200 other suits against Juul have been lumped together for pre-trial work.

It’s a similar process to what happened with opioid lawsuits in recent years.

The district’s lawsuit alleges that Juul targeted youth and misrepresented details about its products and that the company “succeeded in addicting a new generation ... to nicotine.”

Ochs previously told the Star-Tribune that should the lawsuit ever go to trial, the proceedings will be handled in a Wyoming courtroom.

A Juul spokesperson previously told the Star-Tribune that the company did “not intend to attract underage users” and that the company was seeking “to earn the trust of society by working cooperatively with attorneys general, regulators, public health officials, and other stakeholders to combat underage use and transition adult smokers from (traditional) cigarettes.”

Data from within the school district here has shown widespread use of e-cigarettes among high schoolers, alongside low numbers of students who saw risk associated with vaping.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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