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Juul Labs Must Face New Racketeering Claims Over Marketing (1)

April 13, 2021, 10:20 PM

Juul Labs Inc. failed to knock out racketeering claims in lawsuits accusing it of deliberately targeting teenagers, as individual founders and directors of the e-cigarette maker became the new focus of the litigation.

Most of the claims brought by consumers, local governments and school districts against Juul and Altria Group Inc. under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act can move forward, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled on Tuesday. Altria took a 35% stake in Juul in 2018.

The judge had dismissed those claims in October but allowed the plaintiffs to revise their complaint. The amended filing advanced...

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