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Michigan Property Owners, 3M Settle PFAS Case for $54 Million

A judge has given tentative approval to a $54 million settlement involving 3M Co., a shoe manufacturer and property owners in western Michigan who said their land and wells were contaminated by toxic “forever chemicals.” The deal involves approximately 1,700 …

Viewpoint: Significant Ruling in PFAS Litigation Could Impact Insurance Coverage

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS, have served as a key component in numerous industrial and consumer products for decades. These “forever chemicals,” which have been associated with environmental contamination and adverse health outcomes, have garnered steadily-growing attention …

3M Belgian Settlement Signals Increased Risk of ‘Toxic Torts’ in Europe

“Toxic torts,” which are lawsuits alleging damage to human health or the environment caused by specific substances, are increasingly common in the United States. They can cost defendants hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars. But such risks are no …

Veterans Seeking Earplug Damages Sue to Block 3M Healthcare Spinoff

Two U.S. military veterans on Thursday sued 3M Co. to block its planned spinoff of its healthcare business, which they called an illegal attempt to avoid compensating veterans for hearing damage caused by the company’s military-issue earplugs. The veterans said …

3M Bankruptcy Tactic Fails as Combat Earplug Suits Move to Trial

3M Co.’s plan to use controversial bankruptcy rules to shield itself from some 230,000 lawsuits over military earplugs looked like a relatively simple fix to a long-simmering problem that could cost it billions of dollars. Like most things that sound …

3M Awaits Bankruptcy Ruling That May Sink Litigation Tactic

3M Co.’s attempt to block jury trials of more than 230,000 lawsuits accusing it of harming US soldiers faces a key test this week in front of a federal judge in Indianapolis. US Bankruptcy Judge Jeffrey J. Graham is set …

3M Faces $100 Billion in Losses From Veterans’ Earplug Suits, Expert Says

3M Co. faces more than $100 billion in losses and bankruptcy because of lawsuits brought by veterans who blame their hearing problems on faulty earplugs, according to a litigation consultant hired by lawyers suing the industrial conglomerate. Initial results from …

Judge Questions 3M’s Use of Bankruptcy to Fight Veterans’ Suits

The federal judge administering more than 230,000 lawsuits against 3M Co. questioned whether the industrial giant acted in good faith when it decided to try to shift the cases to bankruptcy court instead of facing separate jury trials around the …

3M Unit Goes Bankrupt in Bid to Resolve Lawsuits Over Military Earplugs

3M Co. put its Aearo Technologies unit into bankruptcy in a bid to resolve more than 230,000 lawsuits brought mainly by US military veterans over allegedly faulty combat earplugs. The conglomerate has already spent nearly $350 million defending the sprawling …

3M Ordered to Pay $77.5 Million to Veteran in Latest Earplug Trial

A jury in Pensacola, Florida federal court on Friday ordered 3M Co. to pay $77.5 million to a U.S. Army veteran who said he suffered hearing damage as a result of using the company’s military-issue earplugs. The verdict for veteran …