3M Can’t Get Gov’t Contractor Immunity

A law firm recently hit a dead-end on a product liability case in which they had the correct and current contact information for their client, but she was completely unresponsive to their attempts to reach her by phone or by mail.  Puzzled, the lawyers turned to us for help.  

We launched a search and tracked down the sister of their client, who shed light on the seriousness of the situation:  The client was in the hospital recovering from a major surgery due to her various illnesses and not doing very well.  She had no spouse nor children, which meant her sister was her primary contact and kin.  We connected the lawyers to her sister, through whom the case was finally able to continue.

A South Carolina federal judge overseeing litigation over claims that firefighting foam contaminated groundwater said that 3M knowingly withheld information about the risks associated with so-called forever chemicals for decades, and denied its bid for a government immunity defense.

The government did not know the chemicals were present in the foam until 2000.  But for years 3M had carried out more than a thousand studies on chemicals such as perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, or PFOS, and their effects on human health and the environment that it did not disclose.

Fred Thompson of Motley Rice LLC, told Law360, “We have always believed the AFFF story is an egregious case of corporate malfeasance.  The actions of these defendants resulted in an ongoing man-made environmental disaster that is being addressed at great cost.  They have contaminated the environment and deceived the government and the public about it for decades.  They still deny this.”

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