PHOENIX — Arizona’s attorney general has obtained a $22.5 million judgment against a New Jersey-based vaping company along with a court order permanently barring the company from selling its products in the state.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the judgment against Eonsmoke on Friday. The company did not mount a defense to the consumer fraud lawsuit Brnovich filed earlier this year and a Maricopa County Superior Court judge issued what is known as a default judgment.
It isn’t clear if Arizona will be able to collect on the judgment. Eonsmoke’s website launches with a statement saying it has ceased operations “due to rapidly declining circumstances, coronavirus, regulatory, and competitor litigations.”
Eonsmoke, based in Clifton, has never responded to inquiries from The Associated Press seeking comment on Arizona’s lawsuit and did not do so Friday.
Brnovich sued Eonsmoke and e-cigarette giant Juul Labs in January, saying both companies violated state consumer fraud laws and targeted youth with their flavored vaping products. The lawsuit said that while Juul Labs suspended its flavored nicotine product marketing, Eonsmoke doubled down on its efforts to sell its flavored vape cartridges.
The U.S. Food and Drug warned Eonsmoke in an October 2019 letter that 96 of its flavored vaping products were illegal under federal law.
The lawsuit against Juul Labs continues and the company is defending itself against Brnovich in court. In its court filings, it denied targeting underage users with its marketing or advertising.