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Michigan PFAS Contamination Suit against 3M, Wolverine Moves Forward

Plaintiffs, a group of Michigan residents, alleged that 3M and Wolverine’s PFAS-containing Scotchgard products polluted their drinking water and lowered property values. The companies moved to dismiss the complaint, which alleged claims for negligence, private nuisance, and public nuisance and sought medical monitoring, monetary damages, and remediation funding. The court ruled that the plaintiffs did…

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3M Removes Michigan AG’s Case to Federal Court

3M removed Michigan’s PFAS contamination case to federal court, arguing that its AFFF was developed in accordance with applicable federal military requirements and that, as a result, removal is proper because defendants sued for acts committed at a federal officer’s direction may remove. 3M also argues it plans to invoke the government contractor defense. Although…

Michigan Suit Against PFAS Manufacturers Survives Multiple Motions to Dismiss

Michigan’s state court case against manufacturers of PFAS-containing products other than AFFF will move into discovery, after the presiding Circuit Court judge ultimately ruled in the State’s favor on eight of nine motions to dismiss. August 21, 2020 | Nessel v. 3M Co., et al., No. 20:03366-NZ (Mich. Cir. Ct.)

Michigan AG Sues PFAS Manufacturers Over Contamination

Michigan’s Attorney General filed two lawsuits—one in state court and one in federal court—against PFAS manufacturers. The state court complaint targets manufacturers of commercial-grade AFFF who sold product into Michigan, and the federal suit targets manufacturers of military-grade AFFF. The suits seek damages and injunctive relief for “widespread” PFAS contamination in the State. August 20,…

Wolverine Resolves PFAS Claims with State of Michigan and 3M

Two years after the State of Michigan sued Wolverine for allegedly contaminating groundwater with PFAS, the shoemaker settled the State’s claims, agreeing to pay $69.5 million and extend municipal water to over a thousand properties that rely on groundwater as drinking water. One day after the Consent Decree was entered Wolverine settled its related claims…