product-liability

3M Combat Earplugs

3M Combat Earplugs

In July 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that 3M Company, exclusive provider of the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) to certain branches of the military, agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold defective earplugs that did not work as expected, thus putting soldiers at a higher risk of hearing damage.

The settlement resolves allegations that 3M™ violated the False Claims Act by selling or causing to be sold defective earplugs to the Defense Logistics Agency. Specifically, the United States alleged that 3M™, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the CAEv2 was too short for proper insertion into users’ ears and that the earplugs could loosen imperceptibly and therefore did not perform well for certain individuals. The United States further alleged that 3M™ did not disclose this design defect to the military.

What does this defect mean?

The 3M™ Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ earplugs may be too short to be properly inserted into the ears. As a result, the earplugs could gradually and subtly loosen until they did not perform the desired noise cancellation for certain individuals.

The United States also alleges that 3M™ did not disclose this design defect to the military when the contract was finalized.

How Can The Law Firm of Stephen Mitchell Help You?

If you or a loved one served on active duty between 2003 and 2015, and have suffered partial hearing loss, full hearing loss or any hearing impairment after using 3M’s™ Dual Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, you may be eligible to pursue legal action. The Law Firm of Stephan Mitchell has recovered billions of dollars in compensation on behalf of injured veterans, service members, and victims across the country, and is passionate about protecting the rights of those who have served, by serving them. With decades of combined experience, extensive resources, and a talented team of attorneys, we are prepared to handle even the most challenging personal injury cases. The Law Firm of Stephan Mitchell has provided our support and legal representation to veterans and families nationwide. If you or a loved one served on active duty in the United States Military between 2003 and 2015, suffered hearing impairment during the course of your service, and potentially used the 3M™ earplugs during training and/or deployment, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation with no upfront costs to you or the injured person.

If you answered yes to any of these questions below, contact a member of our team today!
  • Did you serve on active duty between 2003 and 2015?
  • During your time in the military, did you use 3M’s™ Dual Ended Combat Arms Earplugs in training and/or on deployment?
  • f you do not know what brand, did you use earplugs in training or on deployment?
  • Over the course of your service, or upon discharge from active duty service, were you diagnosed with any of the following conditions?
  • Tinnitus (Ringing)
  • Partial Hearing Loss
  • Total Hearing Loss

How do I know if I have a case?

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries and/or other losses as the result of another’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to take legal action against the at-fault party. The easiest and fastest way to find out if you have a claim is to contact us. All case reviews are free and you are not obligated to hire us as your attorney. After we review your details and if it's a case that meets our firm's case criteria, we will contact you immediately.

How can a 3M™ Combat Arms™ claim help me and my family?

Manufacturers, sellers and distributors of products are legally liable for injuries and damages that occur as a result of product failure through design defects, manufacturing flaws, or failure to provide adequate warnings and instructions. Actions against the responsible party can include compensation for:
  • Medical Bills
  • Medical Monitoring
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Lost Wages
  • Future Damages
  • Lifetime Care
  • And More

Service members may be entitled to compensation related to medical bills, pain & suffering, and more. Pay Nothing Unless We Win. Our legal services including investigation, depositions, and other related expenses that cost you nothing unless we win your case. Our partner’s have recovered billions for our clients’ and have a history of record-breaking verdicts, settlements & judgments. You can rest assured you're in good hands at The Law Firm of Stephen Mitchell.

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