Auburn Enlarged City School District has successfully secured a minimum of $6,663 as part of a partial settlement ensuing from a lawsuit against Altria Group and its entities.
The lawsuit was pursued over concerns related to the production, promotion, sale, and distribution of e-cigarettes and vaping devices by companies under Altria, which encompasses Philip Morris USA.
This litigation is linked to another lawsuit that the district participated in previously against Juul Labs and other producers of such devices, resulting in a settlement surpassing $20,000 during the 2022-2023 academic year, according to The Citizen.
The decision to participate in the lawsuit and accept the settlement was sanctioned by the district’s board of education in a Tuesday meeting, citing the resolution that the district had initially empowered its law firms, Ferrara Fiorenza PC, and Frantz Law Group APLC, to commence litigation against Altria.
Auburn Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo expressed his deep concern over the alarming increase in students receiving sanctions for code of conduct violations pertaining to vaping.