No. 22-3765.

87 F.4th 315 (2023)

IN RE: E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY C-8 PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION. Kevin D. Hardwick, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. 3M Company; E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Chemours Company; Archroma Management, LLC; Arkema, Inc.; Arkema France, S.A.; AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.; Daikin Industries, Ltd.; Daikin America, Inc.; Solvay Specialty Polymers, USA, LLC, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

Decided and Filed: November 27, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

ARGUED: Paul D. Clement , CLEMENT & MURPHY, PLLC, Alexandria, Virginia, for Appellants. Aaron M. Herzig , TAFT STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER LLP, Cincinnati, Ohio, for Appellee. ON BRIEF: Daniel L. Ring , Joshua D. Yount , Michael A. Scodro , MAYER BROWN LLP, Chicago, Illinois, Andrew J. Pincus , Nicole A. Saharsky , MAYER BROWN LLP, Washington, D.C., Richard D. Schuster , VORYS, SATER, SEYMOUR AND PEASE LLP, Columbus, Ohio, Shawn J. Organ , Erik J. Clark , ORGAN LAW LLP, Columbus, Ohio, Lanny S. Kurzweil , McCARTER & ENGLISH, LLP, Newark, New Jersey, Kristofor T. Henning , McCARTER & ENGLISH, LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Scott A. Chesin , SHOOK, HARDY & BACON LLP, New York, New York, Matthew S. Brown , CARLILE PATCHEN & MURPHY LLP, Columbus, Ohio, Peter C. Condron , CROWELL & MORING LLP, Washington, D.C., Ronald S. Kopp , ROETZEL & ANDRESS, Akron, Ohio, Melanie Black Dubis , Charles Raynal PARKER POE, Raleigh, North Carolina, James A. King , PORTER, WRIGHT, MORRIS & ARTHUR LLP, Columbus, Ohio, Daniel A. Spira , SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP, Chicago, Illinois, Jaren Janghorbani , Theodore V. Wells Jr. , Daniel J. Toal , Crystal Lohmann Parker , PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON LLP, New York, New York, Theodore M. Grossman , JONES DAY, New York, New York, Louis A. Chaiten , James R. Saywell , JONES DAY, Cleveland, Ohio, for Appellants. Aaron M. Herzig , Robert A. Bilott , William E. Braff , TAFT STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER LLP, Cincinnati, Ohio, David J. Butler , Jonathan N. Olivito , TAFT STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER LLP, Columbus, Ohio, for Appellee. Jeffrey S. Bucholtz , KING & SPALDING LLP, Washington, D.C., Samuel E. Hofmeier , BRYAN CAVE LEIGHTON PAISNER LLP, Kansas City, Missouri, Barbara A. Smith , Andrea R. Butler , BRYAN CAVE LEIGHTON PAISNER LLP, St. Louis, Missouri, Brian A. Troyer , Kyle T. Cutts , BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP, Cleveland, Ohio, Bethany G. Lukitsch , Kamran B. Ahmadian , BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP, Los Angeles, California, Matthew D. Thurlow , BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP, Washington, D.C., D. Matthew Allen , Nathaniel G. Foell , CARLTON FIELDS, Tampa, Florida, Jeffrey A. Cohen , CARLTON FIELDS, Miami, Florida, for Amici Curiae.

Before: KETHLEDGE, THAPAR, and MATHIS, Circuit Judges.


Seldom is so ambitious a case filed on so slight a basis. The gravamen of Kevin Hardwick's complaint is that his bloodstream contains trace quantities of five chemicals—which are themselves part of a family of thousands of chemicals whose usage is nearly ubiquitous in modern life. Hardwick does...

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