Higley USD joins suit against e-cigarette manufacturer

Higley USD
Higley USD will join a lawsuit against e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs. (Courtesy Higley USD)

Higley USD will join a lawsuit against e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs. (Courtesy Higley USD)

The Higley USD governing board voted Sept. 23 to join a class-action lawsuit against the e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs charging deceptive marketing practices targeting children.

The board voted 5-0 without comment after meeting in executive session to receive legal advice on the topic. The board previously had heard a presentation on the suit July 15 from an attorney involved in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit hopes to recover damages experienced by school districts in having to implement enforcement strategies against students vaping on campus.

At the time of the presentation, 150 districts, including six in Arizona, had joined the suit.

In other business:

  • The board approved on a 4-1 vote the expenditure of $221,361.23 for technology upgrades to the newly renovated media centers at Williams Field and Higley high schools. The centers’ gaming rooms will receive high-performance gaming computers. Those rooms are for the use of the schools’ e-sports teams. Board Member Kristina Reese voted against the proposal after questioning the continuing costs from the media centers.

  • The board approved the district’s annual financial report presented by acting Chief Financial Officer Jeff Gadd.

By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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