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Recycled Boat Event in Blades, Delaware

A number of class actions in recent years have address the poisoning of water sources by PFOA and PFOS chemicals used in firefighting foam at military bases. This case is similar, except that the chemicals come from manufacturing sources. The town is Blades, Delaware, and the companies named as defendants are E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, the Chemours Company, the 3M Company, Procino Plating, Inc., and Blades Development, LLC.

Sugar Cane Field in Pre-Harvest Burning

Sugar causes pollution—or at least the production of sugar does. That’s the contention of this class action, which alleges that sugar cane growers south of Lake Okeechobee in Florida pollute the air with their agricultural activities.

Toxic PFAS Foam on Shore in Michigan

This class action is about the poisoning of drinking water due to the disposal of tannery and other waste, but it resembles recent cases about the effects of firefighting foams. Both substances have connections to the 3M Company; in this case, two other defendants are Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. and its agent Waste Management, Inc. of Michigan.

Firefighters Using AFFF

This class action is one of several now pending concerning toxic firefighting chemicals that have found their way into community water supplies. In this case as in others, the defendants are the makers of the foam: 3M Company, Tyco Fire Products, LP, Buckeye Fire Equipment Company, Chemguard, Inc., and National Foam, Inc.

AFFF (Aqueous Film-Forming Foam or Aqueous Firefighting Foam)

This class action is one of at least three, in different parts of the country, against 3M and other companies for contamination of water with toxic chemicals. In this case, the complaint alleges that aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) and other materials leached into the ground and groundwater and from there moved into drinking water supplies. 

Display of Wolverine Footwear

This class action brings suit against Wolverine Worldwide, Inc., along with its chemical supplier, the 3M Company, and its waste disposal agent, Waste Management, Inc., for contamination of the air, ground, and water. Wolverine operated a tannery in Kent County, Michigan, and the complaint alleges its operations produced sludge and debris contaminated with chemicals that leaked into groundwater and poisoned lakes, rivers, beaches, and drinking water supplies. 

Spraying Agricultural Chemicals

Does your most important meal of the day include weed killer? A study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found excessive amounts of the weed killer glyphosate in several familiar breakfast cereals and snacks. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and other herbicides.

Frontier Airlines Airbus Aircraft

On June 2, 2017, Frontier Airlines Flight 1630 took off from Los Angeles, California on its way to Orlando, Florida. Two hours into the flight, a problem occurred with the quality of air in the cabin, with passengers experiencing eye irritation, coughing, choking, and passing out. The flight was forced to make an emergency landing. The complaint for this class action says that this incident was due to the design of the plane’s “bleed” air system, that many such incidents have occurred on Frontier flights, and that Frontier and Airbus, the designer of the aircraft, have knowingly and unnecessarily exposed passengers to serious health hazards without offering appropriate follow-up.  

Brookhaven, Long Island

Has the water of communities in Suffolk County, New York been contaminated by aqueous firefighting foams (AFFF) to the point where drinking it puts citizens at risk for cancer and other health problems? This class action alleges that the water for Yaphank, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Shirley, and Brookhaven has been contaminated by chemicals used at a firefighting training facility that was declared a Class 2 Superfund Site in 2017. The complaint claims negligence, private nuisance, failure to warn, and product liability, among other things.

Water Tap

This settlement aims to resolve a number of different kinds of claims resulting from a contamination incident affecting over 200,000 residential and business customers of West Virginia-American Water Company.

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