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Minnesota AG fights 3M’s efforts to throw Covington off environmental case

3M is suing the law firm for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract after being dropped as a client

3M Co. wasn’t too pleased when its former law firm, Covington & Burling, began working for Minnesota’s attorney general in a lawsuit against the company. Now the state of Minnesota is fighting 3M’s efforts to get the firm thrown off the case, Reuters reports.

The tech giant claims that Covington was its legal adviser for decades, frequently on environmental matters related to the company’s chemical businesses. But in December 2010, the firm purportedly dropped 3M as a client and signed on to a Minnesota state investigation into water pollution allegedly resulting from 3M’s perfluorochemicals. 3M sued its former counsel for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

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