As you have read in previous months, our firm is handling a water and soil contamination case just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota for residents whose property and rights to enjoy their property have been harmed by perfluorochemical (PFC) contamination caused by the 3M Company. As you may remember, these chemicals are toxic, break down only very slowly (for certain PFCs, over a period of years) in the environment, and build up in the environment and in living organisms. Trial is scheduled to start on the claims of the first of these clients in May of 2009. We are convinced that we are in the right and that 3M has contaminated the soil and water of thousands of residents in the area.
Indeed, since we filed suit over four years ago, and spurred by the suit, 3M has spent many millions of dollars installing filtration systems to filter out their PFCs from a few large contaminated municipal supply wells, and to extend water lines from “clean” water supplies to certain other areas whose previous water supplies 3M’s chemicals had contaminated. In addition, the Minnesota state environmental agency is about to require 3M to spend many millions more to remediate landfill areas where 3M disposed of these chemicals (without advising the agency) years ago. At the same time, however, 3M has denied any harm has occurred from PFC contamination, and denied that it is responsible for any such harm that may have occurred (and, in fact, did occur). Although our lawsuit is in the home state of 3M – a large corporation ranked 100th on the 2008 Fortune 500, with over $24 billion in sales and $4 billion in net income in 2007, and higher totals for both expected in 2008 – and in a county that is home to many 3M employees, where the Company’s presence is strong indeed, we will continue to pursue these claims so that impacted residents can obtain some form of relief. Rhon Jones, Alyce Roberston and Chris Boutwell from our firm are handling this case.
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