Juul has been accused in a lawsuit of selling at least a million contaminated sheep by a former manager claiming to have been fired for product safety concerns.
Former Juul senior vice president Siddharth Breja filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying he was trying to raise concerns about the alleged contamination of Juul's mint-flavored e-cigarette nicotine pods, as well as the sale of expired products.
He claims that the then CEO Kevin Burns responded to his concerns by saying: & # 39; Half of our customers are drunk and vape like mo-fo & # 39; s, who goes the quality of our pods notice? & # 39;
Breja claims that he was fired by the e-cigarette company in March because he was a whistleblower and expressed concern about the alleged infection.
He claims that Juul knew the pods were contaminated, but still sent them to the market. He said the company refused to recall the pods or to issue a health and safety product alert.
Juul's former vice-president Juul Siddharth Breja filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in which he claimed that when CEO expressed concern about product safety, then CEO Kevin Burns (above) replied: & # 39; Half of our customers are drunk and vape like mo-fo & # 39; s, the f * ** is going to notice the quality of our pods? & # 39;
It is not clear from the lawsuit that infected the pods.
Breja said that on March 7 he first heard that a number of new refill kits had been infected. He said the contaminated product was traced to two batches of Juul & # 39; s fluid.
He said that during a meeting of the executive team on March 12, he further learned that a number of parties were found to be contaminated with the coin liquid.
He said about 250,000 new refills – the equivalent of a million pods – made with the polluted eliquid had been told they had already been sent to retailers and sold to customers.
Breja claims that he was then asked to recover about $ 7 million from the eliquid supplier for the infected eliquid batches.
In addition to the suspected contaminated products, Breja also claims that Juul has sold expired or almost expired products.
He claims that Burns told him that nobody would notice the quality of their pods when they talked about shipping expired or nearly expired pods.
Breja says he was fired on March 21 – a week after he expressed concern about product safety.
In the lawsuit, Breja – who says he worked for Uber when Juul approached him for a job in May 2018 – accused Burns of promoting a silent culture at the company.
Breja claims that following an FDA raid in October 2018, Burns instructed employees not to discuss regulatory or security issues in writing, via e-mail, text messages or even the internal messaging application in case it was seized at future searches.
Burns resigned last month as CEO of Juul amid concerns about the safety of e-cigarettes.
Juul, by far the most popular e-cigarette manufacturer in the US, is startled by concerns about the strong appeal of its nicotine products to teenagers.
A Juul spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the claims in the lawsuit were unfounded and that they would defend the lawsuit forcefully.
& # 39; Mr Breja's claims are unfounded. He ended in March 2019 because he could not demonstrate the leadership qualities needed for his role, & said the spokesperson.
& # 39; The allegations of safety issues with Juul products are equally worthless and we have already investigated the underlying manufacturing problem and determined that the product met all applicable specifications. & # 39;
Burns also denied Breja's allegations in the trial.
& # 39; I never said this, or whatever in the area. As CEO, I had the company make huge investments in product quality and the facts will prove that this statement is absolutely false and pure fiction, & Burns said in a statement.
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