by John O’Brien
CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) – New Hampshire’s governor has vetoed legislation that would have given personal injury lawyers a new way to file lawsuits, even when their clients haven’t been injured.
Being able to make a claim for medical monitoring allows lawyers to sue companies with the hope of putting together a multimillion-dollar plan that can boost how much they make on their contingency fees. In New Hampshire, companies involved in the production of PFAS-containing products were nearly exposed to that strategy.
But Gov. Chris Sununu on Aug. 7 vetoed a bill that would have allowed medical monitoring claims, writing that it “would subject businesses to increased liability by creating a pathway for almost anyone exposed to hazardous or toxic substances to prove a claim for medical monitoring damages, regardless of the level, risk or consequences of exposure.”…
“My general feeling is this whole PFAS scare is way overblown,” Steve Milloy, a biostatistician who served on President Trump’s transition team for the EPA and has made a career of resisting what he feels is “junk science,” previously told Legal Newsline.
“It’s all basically running on the notion that detection is toxicity and if you can find it someplace and find people who were exposed to it, that’s bad.”