3M Looks To Dodge Suit Over Navy Base Water Contamination

Law360, Philadelphia (April 24, 2017, 5:02 PM EDT) -- The 3M Co. told a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday that it had no responsibility to protect the health of Philadelphia-area residents who claim in a class action that their water supplies were contaminated by cancer-causing chemicals used in firefighting foam sold to the U.S. Navy.

The company, which is facing a trio of consolidated class actions alongside defendants including a Tyco International unit over foam used in training activities at two now-defunct naval facilities outside of Philadelphia, said that plaintiffs could not support a negligence claim because 3M had no way of knowing that the material would make its way into...

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