First Vaping Lawsuit in WA

Attorney Mark Lindquist of Herrmann Law Group filed first vaping lawsuit in Washington

We filed the first vaping lawsuit in Washington State last month. Our client, a police officer and Army veteran, was the picture of fitness and good health before vaping landed him in the hospital for three days.

Additional clients are signing up with us for legal representation. If you or someone you know was injured from vaping, please contact me at Herrmann Law Group.

As I told Dori Monson, marijuana has became as mainstream as beer and bourbon. So it needs to be regulated the same way we regulate everything else we consume. If you’re buying something in a state-licensed store, it ought to be safe. 

Right now, it’s the Wild West out there. Marijuana is the new gold rush and regulators have not caught up to the emerging industry.

I have long supported the legalization of marijuana. When I was the elected Prosecutor of Pierce County, we dismissed all of our pending marijuana cases immediately after marijuana was legalized in Washington. Further, we began vacating old marijuana convictions. I think it should be legal. I also think it should be safe. 

When you buy booze in a store, you know it’s not moonshine. Whether you’re buying Makers Mark or Muscatel, you know what you’re getting. Same should be true of marijuana. 

As reported in The Tacoma Weekly, our goals with the lawsuit are “justice for our client, accountability for the culprits, and a safer product.”

Friends in the marijuana industry sent me this informative article from Leafly about the hazards of the vaping market. This is real investigative work by Bruce Barcott, David Downs, and Dave Howard. 

Every significant news outlet in the Puget Sound region covered our news conference, including all four television stations, The Seattle Times, and Matt Nagle at local news leader The Tacoma Weekly. National news outlets also picked up the story, including U.S. News & World Report.

A few days after our lawsuit was filed, Governor Jay Inslee issued an executive order to increase regulation of vaping products. His order was controversial, but I’m confident safety is his concern. As the Governor said, “We are interested in ensuring that adults and young people have known and regulated ingredients in vaping products.”

Meanwhile, I’m continuing to work on our lawsuits against Boeing for the two crashes of the 737 Max 8. We currently represent 44 victims of the Lion Air JT 610 crash in Indonesia and four of the victim families from the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

I’ve spent significant time this year in Indonesia getting to know our clients, their country, and the culture. I’ve also spent time in Chicago mediating with Boeing. This may be the most interesting and intense year of my professional life.

I have been blessed to do so much good work on safety issues as a prosecutor and now as a personal injury attorney. In case you missed it, here is a smart article about the transition from public service to private practice. 

And I’ve been posting about law, literature, and the latest pop culture developments at Miscellaneous Mischief, the blog of my author website.