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3M last week paid out an $850 million settlement in a Minnesota lawsuit, after the state alleged that the company covered up the public health risk of chemicals seeping from its plants into waterways. By settling, the company will avoid a much-awaited trial that could have provided more insight into the company’s practices and its use of a paid expert to spin the science on the safety of 3M’s chemicals. “They were just about to start a very public trial. All of this stuff was finally going to get out in the public domain with documents flashing on a screen,” an attorney told The Intercept. “It’s probably well worth the cost.”