GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Wolverine Worldwide has filed a federal lawsuit against 3M.

According to a press release sent out Wednesday, Dec. 19, 3M developed, tested, manufactured and sold Scotchgard to Wolverine for decades, but has repeatedly refused to accept any responsibility for the impact of Scotchgard.

Wolverine used Scotchgard to waterproof leather for its popular Hush Puppies shoes and other brands.

In the release, Wolverine also called for the State of Michigan to sue 3M.

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Wolverine received a letter on Jan. 15, 1999 from 3M, warning the shoemaker about PFAS in the product. The letter mentions that some 3M workers occupationally exposed to the chemicals had PFAS in their blood at levels 100 times those exposed normally.

The letter reads, in part, “PFOS has the potential to accumulate in the body with repeated exposures…[but] no adverse health effect associated with PFOS exposure has been found in 3M employees.”

3M phased PFOS and PFOA, the two PFAS chemicals most commonly found in the local groundwater contamination, out of Scotchgard production by 2002.

To read the company’s press release and its lawsuit against 3M, please click the links below.

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