Insurer Wants 3M To Pay Up For Warming Device Defense

By Ben Zigterman (September 23, 2021, 2:37 PM EDT) -- 3M should pay separate deductibles for each surgery involved in multidistrict litigation over its surgical warming device, a Chubb unit told a Minnesota federal court Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 3M believes it should have to pay only one deductible for the design and manufacture of its Bair Hugger forced-air warming device, which thousands of patients have blamed for infections, according to Federal Insurance Co.'s lawsuit.

Federal's policies with Arizant, which was later purchased by 3M, included per-event and per-occurrence deductibles, according to the suit.

According to Federal, the policies are clear that each contested surgery should be considered a separate covered event in...

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