Former Juul executive alleges company shipped tainted nicotine cartridges
A Juul Labs executive who was fired earlier this year is alleging that the vaping company knowingly shipped one million tainted nicotine pods to customers.
The allegation comes in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by lawyers representing Siddharth Breja, a one-time finance executive at the e-cigarette maker. The suit claims Breja was terminated after opposing company practices, including shipping the contaminated flavoured pods and not listing expiration dates on Juul products.
The lawsuit does not specify the contamination issue or how it occurred. Lawyers for Breja declined to elaborate on the issue Wednesday.
A Juul spokesperson said in a statement that the claims are “baseless” and Breja was terminated because he failed to “demonstrate the leadership qualities” required for the job.
Juul, the bestselling e-cigarette brand in the U.S., has been besieged by criticism amid allegations of underage vaping.
The company faces multiple investigations by federal and state officials as well as lawsuits by families of teenagers who claim they became hooked on nicotine through the company’s vapes.