The Maine district court denied Solenis, BASF, and 3M’s motion to dismiss claims brought by homeowners in the town of Fairfield which alleged that a paper mill and the chemical companies are responsible for the contamination of their water with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

In Lawrence Higgins v. Huhtamaki, Inc., the plaintiff homeowners alleged that their groundwater wells are contaminated with PFAS, exposing the residents to health risks as a reult of the paper mill’s manufacturing process. Allegedly, discharge into surface water, onto land, and into wastewater of contaminating biosolids from a nearby water treatment facility resulted in those biosolids being spread as fertilizer on the agricultural fiends near the plaintiff’s homes. Solenis, BASF, and 3M, argued that the plaintiffs have not alleged an actionable claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), according to the opinion.

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