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Former Juul executive files lawsuit over shipment of 1M tainted pods

FILE – Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

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UPDATED 9:41 AM PT — Thursday, October 31, 2019

An ex-employee is suing vape manufacturer Juul for “improper termination.” The company’s former vice president of global finance, Siddharth Breja, filed the lawsuit this week with California’s Northern District. In the lawsuit Breja claims Juul knowingly sold about a million contaminated menthol pods last march and refused to alert the public.

When Breja voiced his concerns about the incident, management allegedly questioned his loyalty and reminded him that a recall would cost the company nearly $40 billion. The lawsuit goes on to say Juul dismissed Breja’s concerns, only to turn around and charge the supplier $7 million for the bad batch. 10 days later Breja was fired for unrelated reasons.

This comes as federal agencies continue to investigate roughly 400 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least seven people have died ranging from ages 17 to 75.

FILE – A woman exhales a puff of vapor from a Juul pen in Vancouver, Wash. A former Juul Labs executive is alleging that the vaping company knowingly shipped 1 million tainted nicotine pods to customers. The allegation comes in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Oct. 29, by a former finance executive who was fired by the vaping giant earlier this year. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

“What we have been seeing and the manufacturers have been seeing is that they are delivering these devices with a whole host of extraordinary appealing flavors, so that’s very attractive to young people and gives them the sense that these things are safe,” stated Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Massachusetts recently became the sixth state to temporarily ban both the retail and online sale of vaping products. The move will include all non-tobacco flavors, which officials often blame for “igniting a public health crisis.” In the meantime, President Trump has ordered the Food and Drug Administration get to the bottom of the outbreak.

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