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.
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.
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!
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