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PFAS Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee Grants Preliminary Approval of $12.5B Settlement With 3M

A federal district court in South Carolina granted preliminary approval today of a $12.5 billion class action settlement on behalf of public water systems nationwide over claims that major chemical manufacturer 3M contaminated water sources across the country with PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals.”

The settlement includes a fund of up to $12.5 billion to be distributed to any public water system that has detected PFAS in one or more of its water sources. Public water systems that have not yet detected PFAS but must test for contamination are also included in the settlement class. Allocation estimates detailing what public water systems can expect from the settlement were released early last week and are available at

The settlement is part of the multi-district litigation overseen by the Honorable Richard Gergel, who appointed a Plaintiff’s Executive Committee to lead the litigation on behalf of public water systems, and includes Michael London of Douglas & London, Paul Napoli of Napoli Shkolnik, Scott Summy of Baron & Budd LLC, Elizabeth Fegan of Fegan Scott, and Joe Rice of Motley Rice LLC.


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