San Francisco made a bold move this week, voting to ban the sale and delivery of Juul and other e-cigarettes in its city. The mayor of San Francisco is expected to sign the proposed ban, which would then take effect in 2020. San Francisco is the first city in the U.S. to embrace serious regulation of e-cigarettes, which has been compared to the Big Tobacco regulation fights of the not-so-distant past.

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Just like the traditional tobacco industry, Juul has started to issue grants to study the effects of e-cigarettes on users. Back in the bad, old tobacco days, almost all research was funded by tobacco companies through the Council for Tobacco Research (CTR) and the Center for Indoor Air Research (CIAR). Both companies were included in fraud cases against the industry. After a settlement in 1998, the tobacco industry started funding private groups. Much of that funding was undisclosed in study results, suggesting there might be a conflict of interest.

So…is Juul, a company heavily funded by big tobacco, the same? Or is this highly successful, private interest, for-profit company an altruistic anomaly?

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An analysis by the National Safety Council revealed that in 2017, for the first time in history, Americans are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than a car crash.

In the midst of an opioid epidemic, the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose (1 in 96) officially surpassed the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash (1 in 103), and falling (1 in 144). It is now the leading cause of death from a preventable injury.

In some cases, these deaths are the result of medical providers overprescribing or failing to properly monitor the prescribed opioids, making them preventable. Even as the government implements policies to curb the overprescribing of opioids, the death toll keeps rising. According to the report, there are 466 lives lost each day from an accidental opioid overdose.

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to an accidental overdose of an opioid that you feel was improperly prescribed, you should consult an experienced attorney. Stark & Stark’s Personal Injury team can give you a free evaluation of the case.

In a time when most companies are moving sales to the internet, Juul is apparently exploring opening brick and mortar stores to sell its controversial e-cigarette products. Valued at approximately $38 billion (since investment from big tobacco company, Altria), Juul can afford to test new distribution outlets. The first launches are rumored to open in Texas and South Korea.

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Juul, the “cool” e-cigarette manufacturer, is facing a class action lawsuit alleging practices that mirror those of the traditional tobacco industry. The suit alleges Juul purposely designed a highly addictive product, concealed the addictive nature of the product, and lured teen users with advertising similar to the type banned for the tobacco industry. San Francisco U.S. District Judge William Orrick III approved the case to go forward to court.

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The New Jersey Senate and Assembly have approved a bill lifting the civil statute of limitations on certain sexual offenses. The Bill is presently in Governor Murphy’s office where it waits his signature to become law.

If signed, the law would go into effect on December 1, 2019.

The bill would provide the following measures:

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In what signals a major victory for volunteer first responders, the New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that such volunteers injured in the line of duty are entitled to temporary disability benefits regardless of whether they have a paying job at the time of the injury.

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In today’s economic climate many people do not have or cannot afford health insurance through their employer. In situations such as this, it is very often the case that the individual is covered by a state program involving Medicaid.

Medicaid is need-based, and in reality, it is a federal program administered by the state. Medicaid is intended to be used for non-work related conditions only. If a worker is injured on the job who happens to be covered by Medicaid, it is absolutely necessary to avoid using Medicaid for treatment.

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