3M Faces Trial on More Asbestos Death Claims Over Respirators

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3M Faces Trial on More Asbestos Death Claims Over Respirators

  • Enough evidence to go to trial that faulty 3M respirators led to two workers’ asbestos exposure deaths
  • Internal 3M memos show problems with masks; company recently held liable for $67m in similar case

3M Co. must face trial on more wrongful death claims alleging its respirators failed to protect workers against asbestos exposure.

Internal 3M memos showed that the respirators didn’t meet the requirements for “pressure drop,” which relates to breathing resistance, the federal court in Wisconsin said June 1.

The ruling comes on the heels of an April 23 jury verdict in an unrelated case in Kentucky finding the same model 3M breathing mask allowed two miners to inhale dust and debris…

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