Officials with the Greenville County school district say the school system will file a lawsuit against the makers of Juul e-cigarettes for “targeting its products to school-age children.”
The Greenville County Schools board of trustees voted on Tuesday to hire the Halligan, Mahoney & Williams law firm in Columbia to represent the district on the lawsuit, according to the Greenville News.
“This week, the Board of Trustees voted to protect the health and safety of students. We agreed to pursue legal action against the makers of Juul e-cigarettes for purposely targeting its products to school-age children and the impact that it has had on the School District and its students,” board chairwoman Lynda Leventis-Wells said in a written statement to The Greenville News.
The lawsuit will join dozens of others filed in northern California as part of multidistrict litigation against Juul Labs Inc. Lexington County School District One filed a lawsuit against the company in October that claims Juul’s strategy was “to create a nicotine product that would maximize profits through addiction.”