Volusia County joins class action vaping lawsuit

Volusia County joins vaping class action lawsuit

Volusia County Public Schools will join a class action lawsuit against vaping product maker Juul and tobacco company Altria.

Volusia County Public Schools will join a class action lawsuit against vaping product maker Juul and tobacco company Altria.

More than 250 school districts in 22 states claim the companies had misleading marketing practices aimed at school-age minors.

William Shinoff, San Diego-based France Law Group, spent 18 months hearing the case and will represent the district.

“School districts never had to worry about that,” Shinoff said.

A 2018 Florida Department of Health poll found that one in five students in Volusia County vape.

Shinoff says the lawsuit alleges the companies are negligent and causing a public nuisance that harms school districts. Districts are demanding compensation from companies.

“The amount of staff time that went into handling vape problems. It’s a daily problem,” added Shinoff.

School council members argue that companies must be held accountable. There are no costs for the taxpayers for the county that joins the lawsuit – unless it is successful – then the attorney pays 20%.

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