In recent months, the legal landscape surrounding PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) has dramatically intensified. Often referred to as “forever chemicals” due to their persistence in the environment and the human body, PFAS have become a focal point for mass tort litigation. As lawyers prepare for what could be one of the most significant waves of environmental lawsuits in history, understanding the nuances and implications of PFAS litigation is crucial. 

About PFAS Water Contamination 

PFAS are a group of nearly 15,000 synthetic chemicals used in a wide array of consumer and industrial products, including non-stick cookware, water-repellent fabrics, firefighting foams, and even some cosmetics. These chemicals are highly resistant to heat, water, and oil, which has made them incredibly useful but also extremely persistent in the environment. [1]

The Health Implications of “Forever Chemicals” 

Research has increasingly linked PFAS exposure to a variety of serious health issues, including: 

  • Cancer: Particularly testicular and kidney cancers. 
  • Developmental Delays: Impacts on children’s growth and learning. 
  • Reproductive Issues: Decreased fertility and complications during pregnancy. 
  • Organ Damage: Liver and thyroid diseases. 
  • Immune System Effects: Reduced vaccine efficacy and increased risk of infections. 

The widespread presence of PFAS in drinking water, soil, and even human blood has raised significant public health concerns. Recently, the federal government mandated the removal of several PFAS types from the drinking water of hundreds of millions of Americans, underscoring the urgency of addressing this issue. 

PFAS Class Action Litigation Ensues  

The legal environment surrounding PFAS is rapidly evolving, marked by significant milestones and ongoing developments. The primary defendants in PFAS litigation include major chemical manufacturers such as 3M and DuPont, as well as numerous companies involved in the production and use of PFAS-containing products. Lawsuits are being filed on various grounds, including personal injury, property damage, and environmental contamination. Plaintiffs range from individual citizens and community groups to municipalities and states seeking remediation costs and damages for widespread contamination. 

The surge in PFAS-related lawsuits has been particularly notable in the past few years. The momentum continues to build as more information about the health impacts of PFAS emerges, and regulatory actions increase. PFAS litigation is occurring across the United States, with notable cases in states like Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey, where significant contamination has been identified. Federal court systems are also seeing an influx of PFAS cases, leading to discussions about multi-district litigation (MDL) to streamline the process. 

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  1. Reuters. New PFAS lawsuit cites EPA’s ‘forever chemicals’ drinking water rules.,pans%20and%20stain%20resistant%20fabrics