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Fiske represents 23 California school districts taking a stand against JUUL and the growing youth vaping epidemic
March 13, 2020 04:00 PM EDT — SAN DIEGO — The nationally recognized law firm Baron & Budd is pleased to announce that Shareholder John Fiske has been appointed by a California judge as co-lead counsel representing public entities, including schools, in the lawsuits against JUUL Labs, Inc.
The suits were consolidated in a Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding (JCCP), meaning that multiple cases involving a common issue of fact or law that were filed separately in different courts are transferred to a single court and become a coordinated proceeding.
John Fiske alongside co-lead counsel Rahul Ravipudi from Panish Shea & Boyle currently represent 23 school districts with over 1 million students across the state of California in lawsuits against JUUL. The suits allege that JUUL has created an e-cigarette epidemic that has disrupted the learning environment at the schools and caused a financial burden for the districts.
“These school systems have been greatly affected by the irresponsible practices of JUUL,” said Baron & Budd Shareholder, John Fiske. “As co-lead counsel for public entities, I am eager to keep fighting for these students and school officials and to help recover taxpayer dollars.”
According to the suits, these school districts have diverted critical funds away from learning and programs for struggling students to vaping outreach programs and enforcement efforts, such as vape detector devices and video surveillance. Vaping not only hurts individual learning, it affects the learning environment of all students. E-cigarette use has also caused many students to have health issues, which results in an increased number of absences. This increase in student absences means there has been a reduction in district state funding.
Baron & Budd, P.C. is among the largest and most accomplished plaintiffs’ law firms in the country. With more than 40 years of experience, Baron & Budd has the expertise and resources to handle complex litigation throughout the United States. As a law firm that takes pride in remaining at the forefront of litigation, Baron & Budd has spearheaded many significant cases for hundreds of entities and thousands of individuals. Since the firm was founded in 1977, Baron & Budd has achieved substantial national acclaim for its work on cutting-edge litigation, trying hundreds of cases to verdict and settling tens of thousands of cases in areas of litigation as diverse and significant as dangerous and highly addictive pharmaceuticals, defective medical devices, asbestos and mesothelioma, California wildfires and environmental contamination, fraudulent banking practices, e-cigarettes, motor vehicles, federal whistleblower cases, and other consumer fraud issues.