Aspen School District Receives $9,744 in Lawsuit Settlement

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Aspen School District Receives $9,744 in Lawsuit Settlement
Aspen School District receives $9,744 compensation in Juul Labs collective lawsuit settlement to combat teenage vaping epidemic.

According to a report from Aspentimes on November 1st, the Aspen School District in the United States has been awarded $9,744 in a class-action lawsuit settlement against e-cigarette company, Juul Labs. Juul Labs was previously a subsidiary of the Altria Group, which also owns several tobacco brands such as Marlboro.


The Aspen School District joined the lawsuit in 2020, with the aim of combating what health officials referred to as the "e-cigarette epidemic" among adolescents. Aspen Principal Dave Baugh suggested using a portion of the funds to fight youth smoking, such as purchasing recently implemented e-cigarette detection devices in middle and high schools.


The compensation for this case is being allocated from a settlement fund totaling $168 million, and hundreds of school districts across the country will receive this compensation. It is worth noting that although the Aspen School District has agreed to receive a compensation of $32,000, the actual amount received, after deducting legal fees, is only $9,744.


Stacey Weiss, Secretary of the School Board, stated that while the compensation awarded to Acheaia is not substantial, it sends a clear message to the industry that companies should not profit from our children.


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