Juul Faces Subpoena Threat Over Documents

Date : 09/18/2019 @ 1:25PM
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Juul Faces Subpoena Threat Over Documents

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By Micah Maidenberg 

The leader of a House committee investigating Juul Labs Inc. said the e-cigarette maker has failed to turn over documents it requested and warned that the committee could issue a subpoena demanding them.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D., Ill.), chairman of a House subcommittee focused on economic and consumer policy, said in a letter to Juul Chief Executive Kevin Burns that the company hasn't produced a range of documents that members of the committee requested Juul hand over in June and July.

A spokesperson for San Francisco-based Juul didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Those documents include a list of schools that have received funding from Juul to implement programs meant to prevent teen vaping and a list of the company's product launches between early February 2016 and the present, and when the company stopped selling certain items, according to Rep. Krishnamoorthi's letter, which is dated Tuesday.

Members of the committee also asked for a copy of the contract between Juul and Altria Group Inc. that spelled out the tobacco company's purchase of a 35% stake in Juul, the letter says.

"Juul's record is woefully inadequate," on producing documents Rep. Krishnamoorthi said in the letter.

The subcommittee wants the documents it has requested to be turned over by Oct. 1.

Juul faces scrutiny from regulators and elected officials in the U.S., who say they are concerned about a rise in teen vaping. The company has said it has committed to working with government agencies and other organizations to reduce underage e-cigarette use.

Write to Micah Maidenberg at micah.maidenberg@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

September 18, 2019 09:10 ET (13:10 GMT)

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