By DrBicuspid Staff

March 28, 2019 -- 3M has agreed to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit filed by 39 dentists concerning its Lava Ultimate dental crown, according to multiple published reports.

The settlement creates a $32.5 million settlement fund for dentists who experienced at least one debonding before June 15, 2020, according to an article from MassDevice.com.

The May 2016 lawsuit claimed that the Lava Ultimate dental crowns had a high failure rate because of an inherent defect. More than a million crowns were sold before it was pulled from the market in June 2015, according to the published reports.

After two years of legal maneuvers in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 3M and the lawyers representing the dentists hired a retired judge as a mediator. The mediation was concluded when the involved parties asked the presiding judge to approve the settlement.

In a statement to DrBicuspid.com, 3M stated the settlement was agreed to avoid further litigation.

"A group of dentists has settled its lawsuit against 3M regarding 3M’s Lava Ultimate restorative material. 3M denies any claims that the 3M Lava Ultimate restorative material did not perform as warranted, and both parties agreed to the settlement to avoid lengthy and costly litigation."


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