Robbins Geller Helps Secure $54 Million Settlement for Michigan Homeowners

Toxic Waste Disposal Contaminated Residential Groundwater

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September 27, 2022

On September 19, 2022, Chief Judge Hala Y. Jarbou of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan preliminarily approved a $54 million settlement agreement in a case alleging defendants The 3M Company and Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. caused hazardous chemicals to be released into the environment in Kent County, Michigan. The case alleges that the defendants improperly disposed of toxic waste containing PFAS in certain disposal sites in Kent County, causing the groundwater and soil to be contaminated.

The settlement will provide direct payments to homeowners whose drinking water was contaminated, if it receives final approval from the court.

“We are proud of the class representatives for leading the effort to hold the defendants accountable,” said Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP partner Dory P. Antullis, who serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. “Because of their leadership, homeowners will have the opportunity to receive restitution for the harm they suffered.”

Robbins Geller attorneys Mark J. Dearman, Dory P. Antullis, and Alexander C. Cohen together with co-counsel, obtained this result for the class.

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The Firm is ranked #1 on the 2021 ISS Securities Class Action Services Top 50 Report for recovering nearly $2 billion for investors last year alone – more than triple the amount recovered by any other plaintiffs’ firm. The Firm secured the largest-ever securities fraud class action settlement — $7.2 billion — in In re Enron Corp. Securities Litigation.

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Zimmerman v. The 3M Co. f/k/a Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co., No. 1:17-cv-1062, Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement (W.D. Mich. Sept. 19, 2022).

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