3M Faces 4,000 Lawsuits as Forever-Chemicals Litigation Begins

3M Co. is set to begin trial on the first of some 4,000 lawsuits as litigation over cancer-linked “forever chemicals” moves through the court system. If found liable, 3M could face $143 Billion in cleanup costs alone.

What are “Forever Chemicals”?

The new litigation concerns poly-fluoroalkyl substances – also called PFASs. For decades, PFASs like Teflon have been used in a wide variety of products, from nonstick pans to cosmetics. These substances are commonly referred to as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down naturally and can persist in the environment for thousands of years.

More alarming to the average consumer, perhaps, is that PFAS chemicals can also settle in the bloodstream dn human bodies. In fact, according to the Environmental Working Group, 99% of Americans have PFAS in their bodies.

What are the Health Risks Associated with PFAS Chemicals?

PFAS and forever chemicals have been linked to serious side effects and illnesses. These include:

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Reproductive problems
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Low birth weight
  • Weakened childhood immunity
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • High blood pressure and pre-eclampsia in pregnant women

Who Is Suing 3M for Forever Chemicals?

There are roughly 4,000 plaintiffs with PFAS-related lawsuits filed against 3M Co. Many of these plaintiffs are state and local governments suing over pollution and cleanup costs associated with PFAS chemicals.

The first lawsuit going to trial is on behalf of Stuart, Florida over PFAS-containing foam used by firefighters to suppress fuel fires. Stuart, Florida is seeking $105 million to cover the cost of PFAS removal and up to $500 million in punitive damages. 

As more lawsuits move forward, financial research firm CreditSights estimates 3M could be held responsible for a whopping $143.7 billion in clean-up costs alone. This is a tall order for a company with a total market worth of $53 billion

Unfortunately, the lawsuits filed by these governments do not seem to account for the potential harm made to individuals. Rather, those lawsuits would need to be filed by the individuals who have suffered disease, illness, or adverse health outcomes caused by forever chemicals.

Are Other Companies Being Sued for Forever Chemicals?

Yes, multiple companies are being sued for PFAS-related damages including:

  • DuPont
  • Chemgaurd
  • Kidde-Fenwal
  • National Foam Inc
  • Dynax Corp
  • Corteva Chemours

What If I Suffered an Illness Due to PFAS or Forever Chemicals?

If you or a loved one suffered health complications or illness after being exposed to PFAS or forever chemicals, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately.

Thomas J. Henry has successfully represented thousands of clients in product liability, toxic tort, and mass tort litigation. He has taken on some of the largest corporations in the world, including General Motors, and is committed to holding companies liable for the damages and suffering they cause.

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