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3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial Results in $7.1M Award

A jury awarded $7.1 million to three plaintiffs in the first bellwether trial in the 3M Combat Arms earplugs multidistrict litigation. The plaintiffs, former service members, claimed to have been injured by the company’s defective dual-ended earplugs. The products at the center of the litigation are the Version 2 of the Combat Earplugs (CAEv2). They …. Read More

3M Earplug Trial Underway

As the first 3M Combat Arms military earplug trial continues in a Florida federal court, plaintiffs impacted by the defective product eagerly await a ruling. As many as 230,000 former service men and women have filed matters against 3M for manufacturing defective earplugs between 2003 and 2015 that allegedly caused hearing loss and other hearing …. Read More

3M Earplug Litigation One of Largest U.S. Mass Torts Ever

More than 200,000 former military members have come forward with defect claims concerning 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs. The litigation has become one of the largest U.S. mass torts ever. The soldiers who were issued these earplugs from the U.S. military have experienced hearing loss and/or tinnitus after using the devices in combat or training. The …. Read More

20 Cases Selected as Bellwether Trials in 3M Earplug Combat Arms Litigation

More than 140,000 veterans have filed complaints of hearing loss after using 3M Combat Arms earplugs while serving. The judge presiding over the lawsuits has identified 20 of these complaints as the initial pool of bellwether cases to be worked up for trial next year. The judge has also chosen five alternate cases. What is …. Read More

3M Earplugs Cause Hearing Loss, Tormenting Military Veterans

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 …. Read More