Published on Jan 10, 2018

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that Wolverine Worldwide (“Wolverine”) improperly handled waste disposal so that it resulted in the release of toxic chemicals which may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the environment.

The lawsuit seeks to compel Wolverine to clean up the contamination and reimburse the state for costs associated with the environmental disaster. The lawsuit does not seek relief for claims by private individuals.

Additionally, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality seeks for Wolverine to: provide long-term, reliable drinking water supplies to users of drinking water wells to address unacceptable risks posed by a release or threat of release of PFAS attributable to Wolverine; to require Wolverine to perform response activities required under the NREPA to abate the endangerment to human health and the environment from exposure to PFAS.

The state’s lawsuit follows the class action that was filed in December on behalf of residents impacted by the contamination. If you or someone you know lives in Kent County or the surrounding area, or if you have been notified that your drinking water contains elevated levels of PFOS or any PFAS chemical, please contact the Miller Law Firm at 248-841-2200 or send us an email at