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RAW Rolling Paper Producer Ordered to Cease Marketing

In two separate rulings in December 2022 and January 2023, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois reportedly concluded that no RAW Foundation even existed and that HBI “makes no rolling paper in Alcoy, Spain whatsoever.”


On January 31, 2023, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois permanently enjoined HBI from making certain claims about its products and ordered HBI to "immediately" cease manufacturing, ordering, or replenishing its inventory with goods that fail to conform to the Court's order. The injunction order follows a jury's verdict that HBI, the distributor of rolling paper brands RAW®, Elements®, Juicy Jays®, Pay-Pay®, and Skunk®, engaged in unfair competition and violated the Illinois Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act through its packaging and promotional activities.


HBI has also claimed on packaging and in interviews that it contributes its funds and sales proceeds to a 501c charity referred to as the “RAW Foundation,” which the court found in a Dec. 6 ruling to be “nonexistent.”



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