polyfluoroalkyl or PFAS News

3M, DuPont Defeat Massive Class Action Over Forever Chemicals

A U.S. appeals court on Monday handed 3M, Corteva Inc subsidiary E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co and other manufacturers of toxic so-called “forever chemicals” a big win in their fight against legal liability for the substances, rejecting a …

‘Forever Chemical’ Bans Face Hard Truth: Many Can’t Be Replaced

As lawmakers around the world weigh bans of cancer-linked “forever chemicals,” many manufacturers are pushing back, saying there often is no substitute for the compounds. Minnesota and Maine have passed legislation to effectively outlaw the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl …

Chemours Faces Dutch Criminal Probe on Emitting Forever Chemicals

Chemours Co. and its legal predecessor E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co will face a Dutch criminal investigation for the potential harmful effects of emitting forever chemicals in the Netherlands. Prosecutors said it decided to start an investigation after …

Hannover Re’s Germany Unit Expects Further Price Hikes at January Renewals

E+S R├╝ckversicherung AG, the Hannover Re subsidiary responsible for the group’s German business, expects further price increases and improved conditions during the Jan. 1, 2024 reinsurance renewals. Natural disasters and persistently high inflation have again taken a toll on the …

District of Columbia Sues Manufacturers for ‘Forever Chemical’ Contamination

District of Columbia Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb has filed a lawsuit against more than 25 chemical companies for manufacturing, marketing, distributing, and selling products containing dangerous PFAS chemicals, which the suit claims now pollute the District’s natural resources including …

3M Reaches Tentative $10.3B Deal Over ‘Forever Chemicals’ Claims

3M Co has reached a $10.3 billion settlement with a host of U.S. public water systems to resolve water pollution claims tied to “forever chemicals,” the chemical company announced on Thursday. The company said the settlement would provide the funds …

Rhode Island AG Sues Manufacturers of Forever Chemicals

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha yesterday filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS, for allegedly causing significant harm to the residents and natural resources of Rhode Island. The suit …

Maine Sues Manufacturers Over Forever Chemical Contamination

Maine’s attorney general is suing manufacturers of so- called forever chemicals that have contaminated farms and wells, contending they knew about the toxicity decades ago but concealed the information from the public. Two lawsuits targeting DuPont, 3M and others seek …

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 …

U.S.-Based 3M Faces More Costs After $581M Chemical Cleanup Pact in Belgium

3M Co. still faces the prospect of additional costs to resolve contamination liabilities in Belgium after reaching an agreement to clean up and remediate PFAS, the so-called forever chemicals used in many consumer goods, a government official said. The St. …