Bridge Legal May Tort Roundup

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3M wraps its final bellwether trial.

A jury in Pensacola, Florida federal court on Friday ordered 3M Co to pay $77.5 million to a U.S. Army veteran who said he suffered hearing damage as a result of using the company’s military-issue earplugs. Earlier this month, A U.S. Army veteran won the 15th bellwether trial in the massive litigation, with a jury verdict of $2.2 million in federal court in Florida.

Abbott reopens plant to alleviate baby formula shortage.

For months, U.S. parents and caregivers have been dealing with limited supplies of baby formula. The products have been especially hard to find, forcing some retailers to limit purchases as the Food and Drug Administration scrambles to respond to the crisis. Later this month, Abbott Nutrition was granted permission to start distributing some of its infant formulas again even though the products are under investigation after several babies were sickened.

Three Elmiron lawsuits have been selected for the first round of bellwether trials.

The first bellwether trial will commence in January 2023. The second bellwether trial will be in March and the third and final trial will be in May 2023. To date, just over 900 individual Elmiron lawsuits have been filed in federal courts around the country.

“Forever Chemicals” concerns picked up statewide.

Scientists have identified a link between exposure to “forever chemicals” and liver damage, as well as a potential connection to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. States are filing lawsuits for various PFAS implications and their effects on the environment.

Florida is suing the makers of certain firefighting foams, accusing them of polluting the environment and potentially sickening people with chemicals. Massachusetts is launching a widespread lawsuit against more than a dozen manufacturers over the production and marketing of firefighting foam containing toxic “forever chemicals.”

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