Welcome to the St. John v. 3M Company Settlement Website

If you owned, occupied, or used land or bodies of water in Morgan, Lawrence, Franklin, Limestone, Colbert, or Lauderdale Counties, you will be affected by a class action settlement. 

On August 4, 2022, the distribution of the settlement fund was paid out to the Sludge Application Settlement Subclass Members who filed valid and timely claim forms.  

All settlement checks have been issued and have been cashed.  There will be no further distribution of funds in this settlement.  

Please read below for details regarding this settlement.  

        A settlement has been reached with 3M Company, Daikin America, Inc., Dyneon, LLC, Synagro WWT, Inc., Synagro South, LLC, Toray Fluorofibers (America), Inc., BFI Waste Systems of Alabama, LLC, BFI Waste Systems of North America, LLC, The City of Decatur, Alabama, and Morgan County, Alabama (“Defendants”), in a class action lawsuit about whether Defendants polluted the Tennessee River and nearby soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment, air, and fish by discharging certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”), including perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) and perfluorooctanesulfonate (“PFOS”).

The Settlement provides two forms of relief:

First, Class Members will receive equitable relief in the form of the Court requiring Defendants (except Synagro WWT, Inc., and Synagro South, LLC) to provide certain investigation, remediation, and monitoring of sites, soils, basins, ponds, groundwater, and fish. More details about the equitable relief are described in Section 2 of the Class Settlement Agreement, available on the Case Documents section on this website.

 Second, Sludge Application Settlement Subclass Members will receive monetary compensation. Defendants (except BFI Waste Systems of Alabama, LLC, BFI Waste Systems of North America, LLC, Dyneon, LLC, the City of Decatur, and Morgan County, Alabama) have agreed to pay $5,000,000 (minus $1,000 for every acre subject to a timely and valid Opt Out request by a Sludge Application Settlement Subclass Member) to create a Sludge Application Settlement Fund. After deducting the costs of administration, the net Sludge Application Settlement Fund will be used to make payments to Sludge Application Settlement Subclass Members who submit valid Claim Forms.

•        You will be included in this settlement if you owned, occupied, otherwise had an ownership or possessory interest in, resided at, maintained a business of any kind at, worked at, or recreated on any real property (including the Tennessee River, its tributaries, and all other bodies of water) located in Morgan County, Lawrence County, Franklin County, Limestone County, Colbert County, or Lauderdale County, Alabama.

•        Your rights were affected whether you acted or did not act. Read the Notice carefully.  The Notice is located on the Case Documents section of this website.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT WERE:

Submit a Claim Form

Deadline: May 5, 2022

If you are a member of the Sludge Application Settlement Subclass, you may file a claim form either by going to the File a Claim page on this website, or by filling out your claim form and mailing it to the Settlement Administrator by May 5, 2022.

Ask to be Excluded

Deadline: March 17, 2022

Except as explained in Question 11 of the Notice, this is the only option that allows you to sue, continue to sue, or be part of another lawsuit against any of the Defendants related to the claims for monetary relief (including damages) this settlement resolves.  However, you cannot be excluded from the release of equitable claims (for instance, those seeking declaratory and injunctive relief including remediation and monitoring of sites, soils, basins, ponds, groundwater, and fish).

Object to the Settlement

Deadline: March 17, 2022

You may object to the settlement by writing to the Court about why you don’t like the settlement. If you object and you are a Sludge Application Settlement Subclass Member, you may also file a claim for a payment.

Go to a Hearing

on April 21, 2022

You may object to the settlement and ask the Court for permission to speak at the Fairness Hearing about your objection.

Do Nothing

If you do nothing, you will give up the right to sue, continue to sue, or be part of another lawsuit against the Defendants about the claims resolved and released by this settlement, except as explained in Question 11 of the Notice.