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Court Approves 3M Settlement Over ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Public Water Systems

Chemical manufacturer 3M will begin payments starting in the third quarter to many U.S. public drinking water systems as part of a multi-billion-dollar settlement over contamination with potentially harmful compounds used in firefighting foam and several consumer products, the company …

3M’s Bid to Shield Itself from Earplug Lawsuits Faces Skeptical Judges

Federal appeals court judges on Tuesday appeared skeptical of 3M’s MMM.N bid to use the bankruptcy of its subsidiary Aearo Technologies to shield itself from nearly 260,000 lawsuits over allegedly defective military-issue earplugs. Paul Clement, a lawyer for Aearo, urged …

U.S. Military Members Suing 3M Seek Dismissal of Subsidiary’s Bankruptcy

Current and former U.S. military members suing 3M over allegedly defective military earplugs have asked a U.S. judge to dismiss 3M subsidiary Aearo Technologies‘ bankruptcy, accusing the company of using bankruptcy to shield itself from litigation, which has grown into …

3M Faces Dutch Claim Over ‘Forever Chemicals’ Pollution

The Netherlands’s government is exploring its legal options against chemical giant 3M over pollution in the Dutch part of the Scheldt river. For years, the company’s Antwerp, Belgium-based factory seeped contaminated groundwater into the Scheldt, a 350-kilometer (217-mile) river that …

Veterans Seeking Earplug Damages Sue to Block 3M Healthcare Spinoff

Two U.S. military veterans on Thursday sued 3M Co. to block its planned spinoff of its healthcare business, which they called an illegal attempt to avoid compensating veterans for hearing damage caused by the company’s military-issue earplugs. The veterans said …

3M Combat Earplug Lawsuits to Proceed, Judge Rules, Despite Bankruptcy Case

3M Co. must face more than 230,000 lawsuits accusing it of selling defective earplugs to the U.S. military, after a U.S. judge on Friday ruled that the bankruptcy of a subsidiary did not stop lawsuits against the non-bankrupt parent company. …