Saturday, January 3, 2009

Case vs 3M for groundwater contamination

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports today on an interesting case involving the spread of a 3M Co. chemical through groundwater. Because there is no evidence that the plaintiffs have been physically harmed, Washington County Judge Mary Hannon blocked a claim by the residents that they had sustained health problems. However, because trace amounts of PFCs, used in the manufacture of nonstick cookware, stain-resistant carpets and fabrics and other products, have been found in public and private wells, the judge allowed the residents to seek punitive damages, against the company for negligence and trespass. Also pending is a claim that the pollutants have harmed the plaintiffs' property values. Thanks to William Childs of TortsProf Blog

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