New Jersey-based vape company Eonsmoke was ordered to pay the state of Arizona $22.5 million and barred from selling its products in the state, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced.

Brnovich filed the consumer fraud lawsuit against Eonsmoke in January, accusing the company of luring teens to its products with its flavored vapes. Eonsmoke didn’t make any efforts to defend itself, and a Maricopa County Superior Court judge issued a default judgment.

Brnovich’s lawsuit also named JUUL Labs. JUUL is defending itself vigorously, claiming it is “working cooperatively with attorneys general, regulators, public health officials, and other stakeholders to combat underage use.” The company, under pressure from federal authorities, also stopped selling its flavored vapes just before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a ban on the products.

In October 2019, the FDA issued a warning letter to Eonsmoke informing the company that 96 of its flavored vapes were illegal under federal law. The 10-year-old company appears to have since folded. According to a note on its website, Eonsmoke has “ceased worldwide operations of Eonsmoke products,” due to “rapidly declining circumstances, coronavirus, regulatory, and competitor litigations.”

Beasley Allen lawyers Joseph VanZandt and Sydney Everett, together with Mass Torts Section Head Andy Birchfield, are currently representing several individuals who are suing the top U.S. vape maker JUUL for the negative impact its products have had on their lives. Recognizing the critical threat to young people ensnared by nicotine addiction, and its effect on our nation’s educational system, our firm has also joined other nationally recognized law firms to represent school districts and public entities across the country in the fight to stop the school vaping crisis.

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