3M Settles 4 Key Asbestos Suits On Eve Of Trial

By Cara Salvatore (February 11, 2016, 6:54 PM EST) -- 3M Corp. has settled four suits over factory workers' asbestos exposure just as the first was scheduled to go to trial, the company told a court Thursday, leaving paper giant Weyerhaeuser Co. still a defendant.

The consumer products giant will bow out of the four suits by eight people claiming that asbestos exposure at the Marshfield Door Systems factory in Marshfield, Wisconsin, caused the mesothelioma that would kill three of them. Weyerhaeuser owned the factory from the 1950s until 2000.

The first trial was scheduled to start on March 14, and 3M was a defendant because the workers claim its masks...

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