Plaintiffs Move to Compel Discovery from DuPont Entities in PFAS MDL

Plaintiffs contend Defendants related to DuPont should be compelled to provide certain documents—and potentially participate in depositions—regarding corporate history and structuring. According to Plaintiffs, this information is necessary for determining whether all DuPont-related entities with potential PFAS or AFFF liability are before the court. May 6, 2020 | In re Aqueous Film-Forming Foams Products Liability…

Court Grants United States’ Ex Parte Motion, Allows Government to Avoid Purported Burdensome Production of Secure Documents

The Court sided with the Government in finding it did not have to produce certain Department of Navy documents. The Court agreed with the United States that, viewing the documents’ substance in light of the effort that would be required to produce them—including security review of each document prior to release, the burden of production…

Defendant National Foam Voluntarily Dismissed from PFAS MDL Under Tolling Agreement

The Court granted Plaintiffs’ and Defendant National Foam’s joint motion based on a tolling agreement between the parties, resulting in the voluntary dismissal without prejudice of 101 cases pending against National Foam in the South Carolina MDL. April 8, 2020 | In re Aqueous Film-Forming Foams Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2873 (D.S.C.)

Defendants’ Motion to Transfer Hardwick v. 3M Co., et al. to South Carolina for Inclusion in PFAS MDL Denied

Defendants that previously opposed Hardwick’s inclusion in the South Carolina MDL changed their position and moved to transfer the case to the growing PFAS MDL. The Panel denied their motion, finding the Hardwick claims broad and insufficiently related to the aqueous film-forming foam at the heart of the South Carolina MDL. February 5, 2020 |…