Authored by: Ollie Lammers
According to Reuters.com, Juul has agreed to settle with Washington state over their lawsuit claiming the company marketed toward minors and misled consumers about the addictiveness of their product.
The company will pay the state of Washington $22.5 million in the settlement. Juul has settled three similar cases with North Carolina, Louisianna, and Arizona.
The state of Washington will also require Juul to operate a "secret shopper" program to monitor that stores check their consumers' age upon purchase. The company already has a program like this in place, but the state will have stricter requirements.
In 2018, the company removed flavors like mango and cucumber from retail stores due to their popularity amongst minors. The company also deleted its Instagram and Facebook.
Juul faces litigation from the District of Columbia and 11 states with similar claims about their vaping products targeting minors. The company also faces litigation from private citizens.