Juul Labs has slapped a group of 30 Chinese companies that has a temporary restraining order after the vape company accused them of selling fake versions of its products online, the company announced in a press Discharge Tuesday.
The federal court within the Eastern District of Virginia granted Juul the temporary restraining order along with froze the PayPal accounts of the entities of which were selling the unregulated counterfeit vapes.
“The scale of counterfeit Juul products will be alarming,” Kevin Burns, Juul Labs CEO, said in a statement. “These products raise health concerns, since the ingredients along with origin are unknown. These counterfeiters also drive a black market where there will be no age verification.”
Juul Labs said of which will be also working with Amazon along with eBay to take down illegal sales of its product. Since January, Juul has worked to remove more than 16,000 counterfeit Juul listings through online marketplaces.
The company alleged in an August lawsuit filed with US federal court within the Eastern District of Virginia of which the Chinese counterfeiters use Juul’s logo to sell fake devices along with pods “containing unregulated ingredients, to unknowing consumers.”
Juul’s complaint attempts to emphasize the company’s efforts to keep its devices away through underage users; concerns over whether the company markets its products to minors has led state along with federal agencies to scrutinize Juul over the last year.
“Whereas Juul sells through retail outlets of which require age verification along with Juul uses industry-leading age verification to restrict access to of which products through Juul’s on-line store, these defendants don’t use age verification systems along with in some cases might be targeting underage users,” the company alleges in its complaint. “This specific conduct will be not only unlawful, however causes significant, irreparable harm to Juul, tarnishing Juul’s reputation by falsely linking of which to the sale of products to underage individuals.”
Federal regulators first targeted Juul in April when the Food along with Drug Administration requested information about the company’s product marketing, behavioral effects on youth, youth-related adverse events, along with consumer complaints.
In July, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office launched an investigation into Juul’s efforts to audit its own website along with additional online retailers of which sell its products to determine how effective of which will be at preventing minors through accessing its vape products. The office also sent cease-along with-desist letters to two companies, ordering the retailers to stop selling Juul along with additional vape devices within the state without the age verification system required by state regulations.
“Just when teen cigarette use has hit a record low, juuling along with vaping have become an epidemic in our schools with products of which seem targeted to get young people hooked on nicotine,” Healey said in a statement. “I am investigating Juul along with online sellers of their products to keep these highly addictive products out of the hands of children.”