While politicians in Washington continue to play games with an urgently
needed $1 trillion infrastructure relief bill, the nation was hit full
force with the cost of ignoring what needs to be rebuilt in this country.
Some engineers looking at the failure of a 13-story condo tower in Florida
said the collapse appeared to have begun somewhere near the bottom of
Public health groups are outraged by
President Trump's limited vaping ban, arguing the new policy is short-sighted and
will not stop a surge in youth vaping.
Health advocates are also accusing the president of bowing to political
interests in an election year.
In 2019 Courtroom View Network’s cameras gave members of the public
front row seats to high-stakes civil trials throughout the United States.
As the only news media outlet dedicated to gavel-to-gavel video coverage
of civil trials that matter to the legal community, CVN spent the year
filming the country’s premier civil trial attorneys in action.
CVN’s unequaled Engle progeny tobacco trial coverage spotlighted
a host of headline grabbing moments in 2019. The ongoing litigation includes
thousands of cases spun from a decertified class action against the country’s
tobacco companies. And, for more than a decade now, Engle progeny trials
have seen the country’s best attorneys in courtrooms across Florida.
Scott Schlesinger, whose eponymous law firm is based in Fort Lauderdale,
has successfully sued US tobacco firms RJ Reynolds, Lorillard, and Liggett.
Last month, Schlesinger's firm also won a $157 million case against
Philip Morris, partially for its role in running Juul (its parent firm
Altria obtained a 35% stake in Juul for $12.8 billion in 2018).
And now he's going after Juul.
Read more here.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law to ban flavored e-cigarettes
on Monday, the latest in a series of local efforts to combat the U.S.
"vaping epidemic." The crisis has claimed 52 lives and led to
2,409 vaping-related lung injuries, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), while federal moves to regulate the devices
Officials from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris, which is now
owned by Altria, didn’t respond to requests for comment on the verdict.
Both were found equally at fault because Caprio smoked brands from both
companies while feeding the habit he began at 15.
Altria's big investment in Juul isn't looking so hot now amid growing
concerns about health risks tied to vaping and a broad regulatory crackdown
on e-cigarettes. But the tobacco giant is unlikely to give up on Juul
The Schlesinger Law Office has been fighting the tobacco industry for decades.
In the 90s they won billions of dollars in a
lawsuit against the tobacco industry. The law office is now fighting for clients
who have used vaping devices.
The pendulum swing in the reputation of Juul Labs — from a less-harmful
cigarette alternative to a public danger — has engulfed the vaping
company in crisis. Attorney
Jonathan Gdanski comments on the Juul epidemic.
Ben Frier says he has breathing issues from vaping. Lawyer
Jonathan Gdanski represents teens in Florida and across the country with health issues from
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The hidden dangers of e-cigarettes, once touted
as a less harmful way of smoking, has been a hot topic lately.
Those e-cigs are now being blamed for a wide range of breathing and other
health problems, and it's not just adults dealing with these issues.
Steven Hammer was interviewed on ABC Local 10 News.
To watch the story click here.
A South Florida teen is joining dozens of others who are trying to get
e-cigarettes banned from stores so other kids don't have to go through
the same troubles as them.
Bailey Legacki has tried quitting but it didn't work. The 18-year-old
says without her e-cigarette Juul she is cranky and anxious.
Vaping and e-cigarettes have exploded into a $5 billion industry in the
last decade, sparking interest by some corporate law firms in developing
industry-focused practices. But a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration
deadline that gives vape product manufacturers only 10 months to seek
market approval could mean much of the industry goes up in smoke.
The 15-year-old girl’s path to nicotine addiction is familiar to
many teens of the “Juul generation”: Initially drawn to the
vapor’s sweet mango flavor, she started taking puffs from a Juul
e-cigarette when she was 14, not knowing it contained nicotine, the same
addictive substance found in tobacco cigarettes.