The Flemish Region of Belgium on September 14 served a Notice of Default against 3M Belgium and 3M Company alleging the company violated the nation’s Environmental Act and possibly international laws by discharging per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), or perflourinated chemicals from its industrial facility in Zwijndrecht, near Antwerp, Belguim, causing extensive environmental contamination. The Minister of Justice and Enforcement, Environment, Energy and Tourism of the Flemish Government formally issued today’s notice both in Belgium and at 3M Company’s headquarters in the State of Minnesota.
Only days ahead of the 20th memorial of September 11, President Biden took a bold step toward transparency and accountability unprecedented in the two decades and three preceding administrations since 9/11, signing an executive order today declassifying documents that are expected to provide a window into the extent of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the terrorist attacks.
The Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs’ antitrust claims, which allege that JUUL schemed with global cigarette manufacturer Altria Group, Inc. to tighten its grip on the e-cigarette industry, withstood a motion to dismiss on Aug. 19, 2021.