1. Minnesota and Ellison sue JUUL
The State of Minnesota taking a bold move today in suing e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs, claiming the company targets teens by getting them hooked on flavored vaping products. Juul, which made one-point-three billion dollars in revenue in 2018, says it's products are a healthier alternative to smoking. There have been 47 vaping-related deaths confirmed in 25 states and the District of Columbia, and hundreds of lung injuries have been reported in virtually every state.
The lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County District Court, alleges among other counts that JUUL has violated multiple state consumer-protection laws, breached its duty of reasonable care, and created a public nuisance. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, along with Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, today announced the suit at a press conference today.
“I’m bringing a lawsuit against JUUL today because it has created a public nuisance that is centered around deceiving, addicting, and harming our young people,” said Attorney General Ellison.
Juul has described its product as a safer alternative to cigarettes.
2. They are having some hearings in D.C.
The House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing of the impeachment inquiry, featuring testimony from four constitutional law experts. Three of the four witnesses told lawmakers they believe President Trump committed impeachable offenses by pressuring Ukraine to open investigations that would benefit him politically.
830 New Talk host Chad Hartman gave his take:
3. A closer look at the roots of tragedy
Researchers and domestic violence advocates are shining a light once again on numbers related to violence in Minnesota. In 2019, 19 people have been killed by domestic violence. That includes tragedies over the Thanksgiving holiday in Minneapolis.
And now for something completely different:
The day Paul Douglas's dad was attacked by a Wild boar.