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A federal judicial panel has ordered that lawsuits against Juul Labs Inc. go to San Francisco,  home to the electronic cigarette maker’s headquarters, before U.S. District Judge William Orrick of the Northern District of California.

Wednesday’s order, by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, comes after dozens of lawyers packed a Los Angeles courtroom last week to argue over which judge should oversee about 55 lawsuits against Juul. Juul and some plaintiffs attorneys had supported Orrick, who is overseeing several of the cases, but some had preferred sending the cases to New Jersey before U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti of the District of New Jersey.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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