3M Hit With Product Liability Suit Over Dust Masks

By Jocelyn Allison (August 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A former mineral mine worker is seeking more than $20 million in damages against 3M Co. and Mine Safety Appliances for making respirators he claims failed to protect him from inhaling dangerous silica dust.

In a suit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Carl and Nellie Scaggs accused the companies of supplying Carl Scaggs' former employer, ISP Minerals Inc., with faulty respirators they claim failed to protect him from developing lung disease.

Carl Scaggs developed silicosis, an occupational lung disease, by inhaling silica dust particles during his nearly 40-year tenure with ISP Minerals in...

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