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Juul Beats Racketeering Claims in Marketing Suits, For Now

  • Judge will let consumers, governments amend faulty claims
  • Company accused of wrongfully luring youth into vaping
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Juul Labs Inc. won a ruling that knocked out racketeering claims from a group of hundreds of lawsuits accusing the e-cigarette maker of deliberately targeting teenagers.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco on Friday said claims brought by consumers, local governments and school districts under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Practices Act -- which could have put Juul on the hook for triple damages -- didn’t pass legal muster. But the judge said the plaintiffs can amend their court filings and try to make a RICO case.