North Carolina Attorney General Launches JUUL Lawsuit Public Database
The Attorney General of North Carolina has announced the launch of an online, searchable public library that will contain nearly four million documents related to the state's lawsuits against e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs.
The library was created and is maintained by the university libraries of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). According to Attorney General Josh Stein, the first 50,000 documents are now available for online access in the UCSF Industry Documents Library, with more documents being added monthly.
We are committed to creating an open and accessible database of JUUL documents to ensure transparency," said Stan in a statement. "We want people to understand what JUUL has done so that such a situation will never happen again. I appreciate the collaboration with UNC and UCSF and thank their teams for their hard work in making this document repository a reality.
In 2019, Stan filed a lawsuit against JUUL Labs, alleging the illegal design, marketing, and sale of e-cigarettes to teenagers. In 2021, he reached a landmark settlement with this pod vaporizer manufacturer, winning $47.8 million and demanding significant changes to the company's operations, as well as the disclosure of numerous documents generated during the litigation.
The documents include information about JUUL Labs' business practices, research, advertising, marketing, and sales data, which, according to Stan, reveal how the company markets its products to teenagers.
JUUL Labs' documents will be cross-searched with over 18 million documents from the tobacco, opioid pharmaceuticals, chemicals, drugs, food, and fossil fuel industries archives at UCSF Library.
Stan is currently investigating manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of e-cigarettes such as Puff Bar due to his ongoing concerns regarding flavors, age verification, and marketing practices.
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