Military personnel were required to wear 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during training and combat duty between 2003 and 2015. The dual-ended design was supposed to offer two levels of hearing protection. Now, lawsuits allege that the earplug could loosen in the ear canal, rendering the product ineffective, and that this could lead to permanent hearing damage.
3M was allegedly aware of the defect, but failed to issue a product recall or warning. Instead, the company continued to sell them to the U.S. military.Some veterans who wore the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) have reported severe hearing loss. Others suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
In April 2019, a Multidistrict Litigation consolidated more than 139,000 claims filed against 3M. Trial is expected to begin in 2021 before Judge M. Casey Rodgers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. As cases continue to be filed, this may become one of the largest mass tort litigation cases in the U.S.
What Does This Mean for You?
You may be eligible to file a 3M military earplug lawsuit. You may qualify for compensation if you experienced hearing loss or tinnitus. It’s not too late to investigate your claim.
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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.