3M Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit
Manufacturer 3M faces allegations from military veterans concerning the company’s reversible Combat Arms earplugs. The earplugs were issued by the U.S. military to protect soldiers during training and in combat between 2003 and 2015. They were designed to be dual-ended, allowing the user to block out sound when inserted one way, but to filter sound when worn another way, allowing the wearer to be able to hear commands but block out loud noise from gunfire or explosions.
However, the earplug may loosen in the ear canal, rendering the product ineffective and potentially leading to permanent hearing damage, such as hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ear). The lawsuits allege that 3M knew for many years that its Combat Arms earplugs were defective, and instead of issuing a product recall or warning, continued to sell them to the U.S. military—which issued them to most service members. According to one of the lawsuits, in a 2006 contract between the U.S. government and 3M, the company supplied an estimated annual quantity of 15,000 earplug packages (50 pairs in each package), guaranteeing 3M at least $9 million in sales for the year.
In July 2018, a $9.1 million settlement was reached with 3M and the U.S. Department of Justice concerning the Combat Arms earplugs, resolving claims that 3M defrauded the government by knowingly selling defective earplugs. Now, over 1,000 individual consumer lawsuits against 3M have been filed by veterans alleging personal injuries from their use of the earplugs.
What Does This Mean for You?
You may be eligible to file a 3M military earplug lawsuit and seek compensation if you experienced hearing loss or have been diagnosed with tinnitus after using 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during your service to the U.S. military. It’s not too late to investigate your claim.
Want to Know If You Have a Valid Claim to File a 3M Earplug Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during your service in the U.S. military and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.