Latest Updates about 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Therapy


August 1, 2017

Bellwether case dismissed with prejudice

Plaintiffs drop case one month after court announced trial sequence One of the six lawsuits selected to be bellwether cases in the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system litigation already has been dismissed. Attorneys for Jeffrey Knuteson asked the court to dismiss their case against 3M this month. Knuteson’s attorneys agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled. The dismissal came just one […]
July 20, 2017

Ridgeview Medical Center: a case study in Augustine mistruths about forced-air warming

The story of Ridgeview Medical Center is a classic example of the misrepresentations that form the foundation for the lawsuits against the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system. 3M competitor Scott Augustine – the architect of the lawsuits against the Bair Hugger system – claims that Ridgeview reduced its infection rates in knee surgeries by 81% after it switched from the Bair Hugger system to his HotDog™ blanket. […]
June 7, 2017

Newly published papers find no evidence that 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system causes infections

Four new medical papers published this year debunk claims that forced-air warming systems cause surgical site infections. The papers – all published in respected medical journals – reinforce the long-held contention by medical experts that the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ patient warming system does not lead to an increase in surgical site infections. The Bair Hugger system has been used more than 200 million times in the […]
May 17, 2017

Don’t believe Augustine’s latest lies;
3M™ Bair Hugger™ system is safe

You may have seen recent advertisements or emails from Augustine Temperature Management, a 3M competitor that has teamed up with a small group of plaintiffs’ lawyers to attack 3M and its health-care provider partners. The advertisement continues a pattern of attacks by Augustine Temperature Management on the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system. It is important to understand that Augustine Temperature Management is the principal architect of […]
May 4, 2017

Court rules in 3M’s favor on VitaHEAT issue

Forced-air warming and conductive blankets are different products, court says The court overseeing the lawsuits against the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming device ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers are not entitled to documents about another warming system that 3M distributes because they are not relevant to the case. Plaintiffs’ lawyers had argued that VitaHEAT’s UB3 patient warming system, for which 3M is the exclusive distributor, is a “safer […]
April 19, 2017

Researchers failed in multiple efforts to prove 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system spread bacteria

Competitor who engineered lawsuits couldn’t prove his own theory Newly discovered documents and testimony reveal that medical researchers bankrolled by 3M competitor Scott Augustine tried and failed in efforts to show that the Bair Hugger warming system increased the amount of bacteria around an operating table. The blockbuster evidence once again confirms what 3M and its legal team have been arguing: There is no proof that […]
March 19, 2017

50 cases dismissed against 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system

Dozens of plaintiffs drop claims before key deadline Dozens of plaintiffs are dropping their lawsuits against 3M™ and its Bair Hugger™ warming device in advance of a deadline that requires them to provide facts about their claims.To date, 50 plaintiffs with claims in the federal MDL have voluntarily asked to dismiss their cases. Throughout the prolonged smear campaign against its Bair Hugger system, 3M has been […]
March 17, 2017

3M competitor Scott Augustine admits role in manufacturing lawsuits against 3M™ Bair Hugger™ device

3M competitor Scott Augustine testified that he helped engineer the first personal injury lawsuits against the 3M Bair Hugger warming device. Scott Augustine, CEO of Augustine Temperature Management, testified in a sworn statement to a Minnesota federal court, that he hired Houston law firm Kennedy Hodges LLP in July 2009, more than six years before the first lawsuits were filed against 3M.  Augustine acknowledged that he […]
August 1, 2017

Bellwether case dismissed with prejudice

Plaintiffs drop case one month after court announced trial sequence One of the six lawsuits selected to be bellwether cases in the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system litigation already has been dismissed. Attorneys for Jeffrey Knuteson asked the court to dismiss their case against 3M this month. Knuteson’s attorneys agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled. The dismissal came just one […]
July 20, 2017

Ridgeview Medical Center: a case study in Augustine mistruths about forced-air warming

The story of Ridgeview Medical Center is a classic example of the misrepresentations that form the foundation for the lawsuits against the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system. 3M competitor Scott Augustine – the architect of the lawsuits against the Bair Hugger system – claims that Ridgeview reduced its infection rates in knee surgeries by 81% after it switched from the Bair Hugger system to his HotDog™ blanket. […]
June 7, 2017

Newly published papers find no evidence that 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system causes infections

Four new medical papers published this year debunk claims that forced-air warming systems cause surgical site infections. The papers – all published in respected medical journals – reinforce the long-held contention by medical experts that the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ patient warming system does not lead to an increase in surgical site infections. The Bair Hugger system has been used more than 200 million times in the […]
May 17, 2017

Don’t believe Augustine’s latest lies;
3M™ Bair Hugger™ system is safe

You may have seen recent advertisements or emails from Augustine Temperature Management, a 3M competitor that has teamed up with a small group of plaintiffs’ lawyers to attack 3M and its health-care provider partners. The advertisement continues a pattern of attacks by Augustine Temperature Management on the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system. It is important to understand that Augustine Temperature Management is the principal architect of […]
May 4, 2017

Court rules in 3M’s favor on VitaHEAT issue

Forced-air warming and conductive blankets are different products, court says The court overseeing the lawsuits against the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming device ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers are not entitled to documents about another warming system that 3M distributes because they are not relevant to the case. Plaintiffs’ lawyers had argued that VitaHEAT’s UB3 patient warming system, for which 3M is the exclusive distributor, is a “safer […]
April 19, 2017

Researchers failed in multiple efforts to prove 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system spread bacteria

Competitor who engineered lawsuits couldn’t prove his own theory Newly discovered documents and testimony reveal that medical researchers bankrolled by 3M competitor Scott Augustine tried and failed in efforts to show that the Bair Hugger warming system increased the amount of bacteria around an operating table. The blockbuster evidence once again confirms what 3M and its legal team have been arguing: There is no proof that […]
March 19, 2017

50 cases dismissed against 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system

Dozens of plaintiffs drop claims before key deadline Dozens of plaintiffs are dropping their lawsuits against 3M™ and its Bair Hugger™ warming device in advance of a deadline that requires them to provide facts about their claims.To date, 50 plaintiffs with claims in the federal MDL have voluntarily asked to dismiss their cases. Throughout the prolonged smear campaign against its Bair Hugger system, 3M has been […]
March 17, 2017

3M competitor Scott Augustine admits role in manufacturing lawsuits against 3M™ Bair Hugger™ device

3M competitor Scott Augustine testified that he helped engineer the first personal injury lawsuits against the 3M Bair Hugger warming device. Scott Augustine, CEO of Augustine Temperature Management, testified in a sworn statement to a Minnesota federal court, that he hired Houston law firm Kennedy Hodges LLP in July 2009, more than six years before the first lawsuits were filed against 3M.  Augustine acknowledged that he […]