Articles by Tiffany Kary

In Fatberg Fight, New York Goes to War Against Flushable Wipes

One of humanity’s most private and pervasive hygiene habits is changing. And Sal Scapelito’s job is a sign that the trend may not be sustainable. Every two minutes, the 31-year-old sewage treatment worker cleans off a five-foot-wide device designed to …

Judges Weigh Consolidating Firefighting Foam, Other Water Chemical Lawsuits

Creating a massive lawsuit over cancer-linked chemicals found in around a third of Americans’ drinking water got a skeptical reception in federal court Thursday. A panel of seven judges in Manhattan repeatedly asked whether cases across the U.S. should be …

3M Settles Minnesota Scotchgard Lawsuit for $850M

3M Co. has settled a lawsuit with Minnesota’s Attorney General Lori Swanson for $850 million, putting an end to eight years of litigation over a former Scotchgard ingredient that got into the state’s drinking water. The funds will be used …

Ohio Sues Dupont, Chemours over Cancer-Linked Teflon Toxin

DuPont Co. and its spinoff Chemours Co. have been sued by Ohio for dumping a chemical used in Teflon, an action the state said went on for 60 years even though the company knew it was toxic to humans. Ohio’s …

3M Faces New Cancer Claims in Minnesota’s $5B Lawsuit

Chemicals once used by 3M Co. for Scotchgard, fire retardants and other products have shown links to cancers and premature births, Minnesota’s State Attorney General said in a request to update a $5 billion lawsuit against the company. Minnesota, which …

Hamptons Tainted Water Lawsuit Adds to Roster of 3M Complaints

A stone’s throw from the white sand beaches and posh mansions of one of America’s wealthiest ZIP codes sits a community that homeowners say has been poisoned by polluted drinking water. Fifteen people in a middle-income neighborhood near an airport …

Fate of DuPont Chemical Lawsuits Rests on Wording in 2004 Pact

For DuPont Co. and its Chemours Co. spinoff, hundreds of millions of dollars hinge on the interpretation of the word “among.” A Cincinnati appeals court heard arguments Friday that will affect the fate of thousands of lawsuits by people who …

Groups Press Dow-DuPont to Reveal Teflon Liabilities Before Merger Vote

DuPont Co. and Dow Chemical Co. must tell shareholders before next week’s merger vote that they may face exposure to costly potential damages from claims that a chemical used to make Teflon caused cancer and other ailments, community activists told …

Hulk Hogan Moves to Take Down Gawker’s Liability Shield in Bankruptcy

Hulk Hogan, stymied by the bankruptcy filing of Gawker Media in the midst of a legal battle over a sex tape, is fighting back using the tools of Chapter 11 law. Hogan, unable to collect a $140 million jury verdict …

Dewey Case Ends with Hung Jury; Top Execs Avoid Jail

Three former top executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP avoided potential prison terms after a Manhattan jury failed to agree on whether they lied to investors in the run-up to the largest law-firm bankruptcy in history. The mistrial followed weeks …