A former Juul Labs executive is alleging in a lawsuit that the company shipped 1 million contaminated pods without informing consumers or issuing a recall, reports Buzzfeed.
Plaintiff Siddharth Breja, a former senior vice president of global finance who worked at Juul Labs from May 2018 to March 2019, claims he was retaliated against for raising concerns about the contaminated shipment.
Breja alleges that on March 12, 2019, he learned that some batches of mint e-liquid had been found to be contaminated. Approximately 250,000 mint refill kits, the equivalent of 1 million pods, were manufactured with the contaminated e-liquid, shipped to retailers and sold to customers.
Not only did management refuse to recall the batches, it also asked Breja to charge the supplier of the e-liquid $7 billion for the contaminated batches, the lawsuit alleges.
According to the lawsuit, Breja was terminated on March 21, just over a week after he raised concerns about the contaminated pods. He was told it was because he had misrepresented himself as the chief financial officer at Uber.