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Judge deems personal injury lawsuit against 3M ‘premature’

In an order filed on Tuesday, September 20, United States District Judge Abdul Kallon barred customers of the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority from basing claims of negligence and public nuisance on personal injury. The judge ruled that plaintiffs cannot claim they suffered an injury or contracted a disease from the drinking water supplied by the county government office, which was supposedly tainted with chemicals identified in a recent EPA health advisory by 3M Co.

In his decision, Kallon said: “Unfortunately, while their fear of injury is justified, under Alabama law, however, they have not suffered a ‘manifest, present injury,’” noting that the lawsuit was premature. Kallon also negated claims that 3M Co. and its subsidiary, Dyneon LLC, trespassed against West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority and its customers because the plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of property damage arising from the chemicals contaminating the authority’s drinking water.

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