Bridge Legal July Tort Roundup

by Ed Scanlan on

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3M Co. earplug subsidiary files for bankruptcy.

3M Co. has placed a subsidiary facing billions of dollars in legal claims over allegedly faulty military earplugs into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and announced the spin-off of its healthcare unit in an attempt to unlock shareholder value.

New findings report that 3M knowingly failed to warn the US military and service members about the risk of hearing loss from use of its combat earplugs, a veterans’ organization told the Eleventh Circuit in a friend of the court brief.

The long-running legal battle over allegedly defective earplugs made by arose after the company initiated a separate dispute against a smaller competitor, court documents showed.

States push for stronger regulations on forever chemicals.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a lawsuit this month seeking to force nearly 20 companies that he alleges contaminated the environment with chemicals known as PFAS to reimburse the state for investigations and cleanup efforts.

Chemical companies including DuPont de Nemours Inc. and 3M allegedly deceived consumers and polluted Wisconsin waterways with “forever chemicals,” according to a lawsuit that top state officials announced earlier this month.

In Georgia, Daikin America Inc. must defend a proposed class action seeking to hold it and other chemical manufacturers liable for PFAS water contamination a federal judge in the state ruled, refusing the chemical maker’s request for permission to make a mid-case appeal.

If the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 passes, President Joe Biden will sign it making it possible for individuals exposed to toxic chemicals through the water supply at Camp Lejeune to file a lawsuit against the United States government.

Cancer claims around chemical contamination picked up.

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study revealed a common herbicide chemical linked to cancer was detected in the majority of urine samples the public health agency reviewed.

A Roundup herbicide user’s claim under Georgia law that Bayer AG failed to warn him of cancer risks is consistent with federal law, the Eleventh Circuit said reinstating the suit.

A contaminated tap water is being blamed for causing a 25-year-old man to develop testicular cancer. In a lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Middlesex County, a former resident of the Fords section says Middlesex Water Co. failed to warn or notify the public about high levels of chemicals in the water.

More parents filed lawsuits against baby food and formula.

A Pensacola mother has filed a lawsuit against ababy formula company, Abbott Laboratories, Inc. The Florida mom said her newborn daughter caught salmonella from contaminated formula and was hospitalized, according to the mother’s attorney.

The House passed a bill this month to temporarily suspend tariffs on baby formula imports, a move that some are hoping will help parents and families as they continue to struggle with formula shortages.

Many parents are also filing a toxic baby food lawsuit to protect their children, alleging claims against the manufacturers of these contaminated baby foods. These baby food autism lawsuits allege the manufacturers knew about heavy metals in their products children developed autism from consuming them.

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