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PFAS Breast Cancer Lawsuit and PFAS Links to Breast Cancer

PFAS Breast Cancer Lawsuit and PFAS Links to Breast Cancer September 22, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Charleston, SC A Maryland woman in August filed a PFAS lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina claiming she developed breast cancer as a result of drinking water contaminated with firefighting foam chemicals for years.
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Maine First to Enact Ban on Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

Maine First to Enact Ban on Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) August 26, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Augusta, ME Maine is the first state to ban polyfluoroalkyl substances – toxic chemicals that are used in firefighting foam and many other products. PFAS, also known as ‘forever chemicals’, has been linked to water contamination, which has led to many serious health issues and PFAS lawsuits nationwide.
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Taxpayer Dollars up in PFAS Smoke?

Taxpayer Dollars up in PFAS Smoke? July 28, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently reported that the price tag to clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from nearly 700 military bases nationwide will probably exceed -- and cost taxpayers-- $2.1 billion. According to the Department of Defense (DOD) that price is up from $1.1 billion last year.
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Air Force Veteran Files Kidney Cancer Lawsuit Citing Firefighting Foam

Air Force Veteran Files Kidney Cancer Lawsuit Citing Firefighting Foam June 22, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
Charleston, SC On May 26, Jeffrey Clark filed a lawsuit against 3M and a host of other corporate defendants citing his exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS/PFOA) firefighting foams as the likely cause of his kidney cancer. Clark v. 3M Company will be consolidated for pre-trial proceedings into the Multidistrict Litigation now currently before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.
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City of LaCrosse sues 3M Company over PFAS Water Contamination

City of LaCrosse sues 3M Company over PFAS Water Contamination March 30, 2021. By Anne Wallace.
LaCrosse, WI On March 4, the City of La Crosse filed a lawsuit in the Wisconsin Circuit Court alleging that 3M Company and 22 other defendants produced and marketed products containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS/PFOA) with knowledge that these substances were likely to contaminate public and private wells throughout the city.
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Firefighting Foam $17.5M Settlement a “Huge Milestone”

Firefighting Foam $17.5M Settlement a “Huge Milestone” February 16, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Peshtigo, WI Peshtigo residents have reached a $17.5 M settlement in a firefighting foam lawsuit filed against Tyco Fire Products and two other companies over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. Plaintiffs claimed their drinking water from private wells was contaminated with “forever chemicals” from the use of firefighting foam at Tyco’s Fire Technology Center in Marinette and nearby sites.
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Forever Waiting for EPA’s Limits on PFAS “Forever Chemicals”

Forever Waiting for EPA’s Limits on PFAS “Forever Chemicals” January 27, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC  The EPA on January 19, 2021 finally announced two preliminary actions toward regulating “forever chemicals” in Americans’ drinking water. These toxic chemicals include PFAS, which do not break down in the environment. They are linked to serious health issues, including cancer, reproductive and developmental harm, and reduced effectiveness of vaccines. Over 2,300 sites in the U.S. are contaminated with PFAS.
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“Do I Have a Firefighting Foam or Contaminated Water Lawsuit?” PFAS Contamination Lawyer Weighs In

“Do I Have a Firefighting Foam or Contaminated Water Lawsuit?” PFAS Contamination Lawyer Weighs In January 20, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Houston, TX PFAS contamination lawyer Bill Barfield, with McDonald Worley law firm, says the number of calls they receive about PFAS exposure is on the rise, from individuals worrying that their drinking water is contaminated to first responders exposed to firefighting foam at vehicle accident scenes. “Their first question is, ‘Do I have a claim?’ and their second question is, ‘Where can I get PFAS testing?’” says Barfield. 
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After $7.9 Million Jury Verdict, Chipotle Settles California Labor Lawsuit To Avoid Punitive Damages

After $7.9 Million Jury Verdict, Chipotle Settles California Labor Lawsuit To Avoid Punitive Damages June 5, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Fresno, CA: Long-time valued Chipotle General Manager Jeanette Ortiz was accused of stealing $626 dollars from her employer, but when she asked to see the surveillance footage of the alleged incident, her supervisors refused and destroyed the footage. Subsequently, she went out on medical leave for a work-related injury, and was terminated while out on leave. The pretext for her firing was the alleged theft. After a jury found Ortiz’s account of retaliatory termination persuasive, awarding her $7.9 million in damages, Chipotle Mexican Grill quickly settled the California labor lawsuit for an undisclosed amount to avoid what likely would have been a punitive damages award up to nine times as much as the $7.9 million compensatory damages award.
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Handy Guidance for Colorado Workers’ Compensation

Handy Guidance for Colorado Workers’ Compensation December 1, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Denver, CO: Anyone in need of, or thinking about filing a Colorado Denied Workers Comp Claim would be wise to remain conversant with applicable laws, requirements and updates to statutes in concert with an attorney to ensure you haven’t inadvertently hamstrung your claim by missing a deadline, or dropping the ball on various requirements. Provided you sought the advice and expertise of a qualified attorney for guidance early in the process, a denied claim has a good chance of being reversed considering you had all your ducks in a row.
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