Sean Andrade was recently quoted in Edvard Pettersson’s Bloomberg article about the lawsuits against Juul Labs Inc. for the company’s marketing. The piece “Juul Fights Mafia Law Designation in Suits Against Its Marketing” discusses the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), which was originally implemented in 1970 to prosecute organized crime. Since the implementation, it has been used in civil lawsuits, including suits against tobacco companies.
Sean commented on the chances of Juul fighting the RICO claims against the company.
But even Juul’s strongest arguments probably won’t kill the RICO claims immediately, according to Sean Andrade, an attorney with Andrade Gonzalez LLP in Los Angeles.
“The big question is does the court see this as part of the bigger fight against tobacco,” Andrade said. If the plaintiffs “can get the judge to buy into that, they may have a good chance.”
The full article can be found below.