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Bridge Legal June Tort Roundup

on June 30, 2022

Our monthly roundup of the latest news and topics impacting your practice.

We know that providing your clients with the latest developments in tort cases is essential. That’s why we compile the highlights from our Tort Report newsletter so you can keep track of the latest news and topics impacting your practice.

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3M Co. faces billions of dollars in potential costs from legal settlements or trials.

A federal judge cut a jury award to a U.S. Army veteran who said his hearing was damaged by combat earplugs sold by 3M from $55M to $21.7M, citing limits under Colorado law on how much he could win.

3M has asked a federal judge to require tens of thousands of plaintiffs who have claimed that the company’s military-issue earplugs damaged their hearing to back their cases up with filing fees.

To date, more than 100,000 U.S. military veterans have filed lawsuits against 3M over hearing damage linked to what they claim are defects in the company’s military-grade earplugs. 

EPA continues to push for more PFAS regulations against manufacturers. 

New actions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not only expanded the number of cases against companies using PFAS in their products and packaging but more scrutiny around how these chemicals are disposed of. 

Newly released Defense Department data reveals that its decades-long use of “forever chemicals” has contaminated the drinking water in some nearby communities, creating significant damage in some areas. A new study found dangerous levels of toxic PFAS are contaminating water supplies in areas around at least 12 military bases.

McDonald’s asked a federal court to dismiss claims it uses harmful ‘forever chemicals’ in some of its grease-resistant packaging, including for its Big Mac. The restaurant claims the PFAS  it uses are in fact safe and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

New Jersey officials sued Ford Motor Company this month, alleging that the automaker contaminated the ancestral homeland of a Native American tribe by dumping paint sludge and other pollutants into a former mine.

NEC cases gain scrutiny on a federal and state level. 

The Food and Drug Administration faces a federal investigation into whether it correctly followed its procedures in the recall of baby formula that lead to a national shortage and the potential deaths of infants.

A Georgia mom recently filed a new baby formula lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She filed as a representative for her baby boy, who is now deceased.

A federal judge ruled that Abbott cannot use a controversial legal loophole known as “snap removal” to keep lawsuits claiming that its Similac baby formula caused a deadline illness in premature infants in federal, rather than state, court.

Our first ‘The Davids’ webcast of the season covered the latest on the NEC litigation.

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