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Veterans Sue 3M for Defective Combat Earplugs

Department of Defense contractor 3M faces a series of lawsuits representing hundreds of veterans who allege the company provided U.S. armed forces with defective combat earplugs that failed to work as intended and led to hearing loss and tinnitus as a result. The lawsuits, filed in multiple states including Maryland, Texas, South Carolina and Florida, follow a $9.1 million settlement between 3M and the U.S. government over the same dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2. That agreement resolved allegations that Aearo Technologies, a company that 3M later bought, violated the False Claims Act by selling the U.S. defective combat earplugs ... Read More

3M Water Pollution Pushes Alabama Water Utility to Seek State Loan

A north Alabama water utility still grappling with perfluorinated chemical pollution allegedly caused by the 3M plant in Decatur is asking the state to front $58 million for the construction of an advanced water filtration system. In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority on its list of 59 water systems nationwide with levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) too high for safe human consumption. The water authority was one of nine water systems deemed unsafe for too-high levels of industrial pollutants stemming from 3M. The WMEL Water Authority acted on ... Read More

3M Underreported Toxic Emissions To Alabama For Years

3M Co. grossly underreported the levels of toxic PFOS and PFOA chemicals it discharged into the Tennessee River from its Decatur, Alabama plant, the company disclosed in a letter to Alabama regulators. The company told the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) that it underreported the level of chemical releases over a period of about three and a half years, ending in mid-2016. 3M’s admission comes as lawsuits against the manufacturer continue to mount, most of them filed by individuals who developed cancer and other serious health problems allegedly brought on by exposure to the 3M chemicals. 3M used perfluorooctane ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges 3M Pollutants Caused Cancer, Other Health Problems

A lawsuit accusing 3M and related companies of contaminating the Tennessee River with PFOA and PFOS chemicals has been filed by 23 plaintiffs who allege the industrial pollution caused them to develop cancer and other serious health problems. The federal lawsuit seeks class-action status for customers of the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, which provides drinking water to more than 10,000 residents of Alabama’s Morgan and Lawrence Counties. In addition to 3M, the lawsuit names as defendants 3M subsidiary Dyneon, Daikin America, and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, which sold the contaminated water. The plaintiffs allege the defendants were ... Read More

Lawyers Focus On 3M After $5 Million Tennessee River Contamination Settlement

Rural water customers in northern Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley are preparing to take on multinational manufacturer 3M in court, alleging its Decatur plant contaminated the drinking water supply with harmful chemicals. Last week, Alabama federal judge Abdul Kallon approved a $5 million settlement between Daikin America Inc. and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and its customers. The settlement resolves Daikin’s portion of the complaint. “We can now, on behalf of everyone harmed by these chemicals, take dead aim at the biggest corporate villain in the Tennessee Valley, 3M, and work aggressively to hold them accountable,” an attorney representing the ... Read More

3M Sued For Allegedly Polluting Tennessee River With Industrial Chemicals

Environmental watchdog group Tennessee Riverkeeper has filed a federal complaint against 3M Company, BFI Waste Systems of Alabama, the City of Decatur, Ala., and Decatur Utilities, alleging the defendants are liable for illegally high levels of industrial pollutants in the Decatur area water supply. The lawsuit comes in the wake of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory that focused on the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) in 59 U.S. water supplies, including eight in Alabama. PFOA and PFOS are man-made chemical compounds used in the manufacture of non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings on fabric, cookware, firefighting foam, ... Read More

3M announces hard hat recall after products fail to provide shock-resistant protection

3M, the multinational business conglomerate based in Minnesota, has announced a hard hat recall impacting more than 7,000 vented hard hats sold exclusively online. The recalled hard hats were advertised as shock-resistant; however, it was later discovered that the hats do not provide this form of protection. The hard hat recall includes 3M vented hard hats sold with one of the following three brand names:  3M™, 3M™ Tekk Protection™ and AOSafety™. Each hat is white in color, feature eight ¾-inch long ventilation slits along each side near the top of the hat, as well as a ratchet adjustment for better ... Read More

Video evaluates potential airborne contamination from forced air warming device

A team of researchers in the U.S. and UK have been hard at work researching airborne contamination in the operating room, particularly how contaminates that can make it into the surgical field when the laminar air flow of the operating room is disrupted. Robert Gauthier, M.D., is an anesthesiologist and the principal investigator of this research. In a video produced by Dr. Gauthier and his research team, the airborne contamination in an operating room by a forced-air warming device such as 3M’s Bair Hugger is evident. According to the video, a forced-air blower releases a shocking 900 watts of waste heat ... Read More

Is 3M ‘using their size and power’ against patients filing lawsuits for infection linked to Bair Hugger?

The Bair Hugger is a forced-air warming blanket that has endured a lot of scrutiny recently for the lawsuits filed by patients claiming that their infection during surgery is caused by the Bair Hugger. But now, the patients feel that 3M, the maker of the device, is “using their size and power to buy up experts and buy up science,” according to an attorney representing Tommy Walton, one of the many patients with surgery infections after the Bair Hugger was used. In December, the lawsuits against 3M and its subsidiary, Arizant Healthcare Inc., were sent to Minnesota federal court, creating a ... Read More

Lawsuits are on the Rise Against 3M claiming Infection Linked to Bair Hugger

Recently, the number of lawsuits against 3M and its subsidiary, Arizant, has risen regarding alleged infection linked to the Bair Hugger warming blanket. Since its introduction in 1988, the medical device has been used on millions of patients, and is used in four out of five hospitals across the U.S. The Bair Hugger is a forced-air warming device used on patients that have to be under anesthesia for two hours or longer, a frame of time that puts the patient at risk of unintentional hypothermia. The Bair Hugger is designed to maintain a safe body temperature. However, the single-use blanket is connected to a flexible ... Read More