A recent development in JUUL’s legal history is a new lawsuit from a former employee. The employee is suing due to their wrongful firing after they raised concerns over contaminated JUUL pod shipments.
The shipments, which went out earlier in 2019, contained millions of contaminated pods. Despite knowing of the condition of the products, JUUL did not warn its customers or recall the pods, showing negligence towards their business and their clients.
While the defective products have not yet been shown to have caused any deaths, the shipping of the products and subsequent firing of the employee who raised an issue with the action are deeply concerning.
The former employee states in his case that executives were banned from discussing product issues over text, email, or written medium, and that the ex-CEO of the company could be quoted as saying: “Half our customers are drunk and vaping like mo-fos, who the fuck is going to notice the quality of our pods.”
This is a disturbing, but not a wholly surprising turn of events from JUUL, and it is unclear where the lawsuit will go. Spokespeople from the company have wholly denied the former employee’s claims.