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In 2006, e-cigarettes were introduced to the U.S. market as an alternative to the traditional combustible cigarette. For the next 10 years, the vape industry faced virtually no product liability lawsuits, other than a number of cases involving exploding vape devices. Since 2018, however, litigation against vape product manufacturers and distributors has proliferated. Leading vape manufacturer, JUUL Labs, now faces hundreds of lawsuits, filed in both federal and state courts throughout the country. The federal actions are so numerous that they have been consolidated into a multi-district litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Similarly, California has consolidated in Los Angeles County Superior Court the dozens of cases filed against JUUL in that state.

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