U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers in Pensacola, Florida on Monday denied 3M's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by Michelle Blum, who served in the U.S. Army Reserves, National Guard and Army between 1989 and 2009, rejecting the company's arguments that her claims were time-barred.
“It is an admission. It’s like raising a flag to lawyers to say, ‘here’s something to look at it,’” said R. Jason Richards, of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz in Pensacola, Florida. “Because every time there’s a recall we look at it. Recalls get our attention, and they know it will get our attention.”
Jason Richards, a partner with Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, one law rm involved in litigation against Banana Boat, said he thinks businesses have been analyzing their sun-care goods for benzene since Valisure published its findings.