PFAS Settlements

Your 3M and DuPont Settlements Questions Answered

Understanding the 3M and DuPont Settlements: FAQ Sheet

Understanding the 3M and DuPont Settlements

In June 2023, 3M and DuPont proposed settlements of claims by public water suppliers affected by PFAS contamination. Virtually all public water systems that have PFAS detections in at least one of their supply sources, or are required to test for it under UCMR5, will be eligible to receive funds to recover clean-up costs, but the process of allocating these funds is expected to be complex. This downloadable document includes answers to the most frequently asked questions that we have heard from municipalities and water systems about the proposed PFAS settlements.

Our team, vastly experienced in water contamination cases, is available to answer any additional questions you may have on the settlements details. Given the complexities surrounding the proposed settlements, by working with a law firm with experience managing water contamination cases, water systems can put themselves on an easier path to cost recovery and avoid potentially costly mistakes.

To opt out or not opt out? Access our FAQ sheet to better understand your options.

Critical Choices for Water Systems

Eligible water systems won't know how much money they stand to receive from either settlement until after the opt-out deadline. The assistance of experienced counsel who can provide its clients with reasonable estimates of potential recovery will be key for water systems to make the right decision.

The Settlements Are Binding

The settlements are binding on every eligible water system unless they opt out. Water systems that do not opt out will waive their right to pursue future litigation against 3M and Dupont for PFAS contamination.

Maximizing Recovery

Water systems that participate in the PFAS settlements may find it beneficial to retain legal counsel throughout the process. The fact is, these settlements can often times become more complicated and burdensome than participants may realize. As such it will be advantageous to instead retain a firm knowledgeable about the settlements to provide guidance and help maximize recovery.