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3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial: So far a Draw

3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial: So far a Draw June 10, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Pensacola, FLThe second 3M earplug lawsuit ended with a win for the defense.  The Combat Arms Earplug manufacturer lost the first bellwether trial that ended with a $7.1 million win for veterans. Now, hundreds of thousands of victims with hearing loss allegedly from defective earplugs await the third and final trial on June 7th in Pensacola.
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3M Earplug Bellwether Trials: 1 For 3M, 1 for Plaintiffs

3M Earplug Bellwether Trials: 1 For 3M, 1 for Plaintiffs June 1, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Pensacola, FL  The second bellwether case of three found a Florida jury siding with 3M Co., which is the company’s first win in federal court. 3M allegedly sold defective earplugs to veterans but claims in its defense that the military is responsible for the design and delivery of the earplugs. This trial involves an estimated 240,000 total service members, 3,349 of whom have filed lawsuits.

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Hearing Examinations to Begin in 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplugs Lawsuits

Hearing Examinations to Begin in 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplugs Lawsuits November 19, 2020. By Anne Wallace.
Pensacola, FL On October 20, the District Court for the Northern District of Florida issued a pre-trial order setting the requirements for the medical examinations of five service members who allege that they suffered hearing loss because of the 3M defective earplugs that were standard military issue from 2003 to 2015. The Order sets out a schedule, defines the scope of permitted testing and permits a non-lawyer representative of plaintiffs’ counsel, such as a paralegal or a law firm staff person, to attend.
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Lead Attorney for 3M Earplug Plaintiffs is Proceeding to Trial

Lead Attorney for 3M Earplug Plaintiffs is Proceeding to Trial October 21, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Pensacola, FL Attorney Bryan Aylstock and his law firm is representing over 10,000 current and former U.S. military service members who have suffered hearing loss and tinnitus allegedly caused by 3M defective military earplugs. “We hold 3M accountable for what they did to our military brothers and sisters and what they did not tell them,” says Aylstock.

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3M Cannot Use “Government Contractor Defense” as Earplugs Lawsuit Continues

3M Cannot Use “Government Contractor Defense” as Earplugs Lawsuit Continues September 18, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Pensacola, FL A federal judge ruled in July that 3M ‘s defective earplug excuse cannot invoke the “government contractor defense,” which was key to 3M. The company has used this reasoning because it protects contractors from tort liability for defects in products designed and developed for the federal government, and 3M claimed its combat arms earplugs were designed in close collaboration with the military. Now that 3M is no longer immune to this defense, bellweather discovery is underway.
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Hundreds of Documents Unsealed in 3M Defective Earplug Litigation

Hundreds of Documents Unsealed in 3M Defective Earplug Litigation May 7, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Pensacola, FL Recent unsealed depositions confirm that 3M officials knew their Combat Arms earplugs were defective and that information was withheld from the military. Further, some 3M employees didn’t believe that soldiers “needed to know how to adjust” their earplugs so they would fit properly.
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Government Preemption Doesn’t Apply to 3M Earplugs

Government Preemption Doesn’t Apply to 3M Earplugs April 7, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Florida In a Florida federal court last week, a group of military plaintiffs said that 3M can't argue that a government contract preemption gives it clearance to exit its 3M earplug lawsuit, which alleges the Combat Arms Earplug v2 made for the military is defective, because the earplugs were also advertised for civilian use.
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Veterans Can Still File 3M Earplug Lawsuits and Bellwether Trial Coming Up

Veterans Can Still File 3M Earplug Lawsuits and Bellwether Trial Coming Up March 11, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Many veterans wrongly believe they cannot file a lawsuit against 3M after the company reached a $9.1 million settlement with the Department of Justice in July 2018 to resolve claims that it defrauded the government by knowingly selling the defective earplugs. But that $9.1 million dollars 3M paid did not go to the service members affected. 3M earplug lawsuits are still being filed and reviewed by attorneys and the first bellwether trials have been slated.
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3M Earplug Lawsuits Filed by Veterans Mounting

3M Earplug Lawsuits Filed by Veterans Mounting February 12, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Maplewood, MN As of January 2020, approximately 1,000 defective earplug lawsuits, filed by over 2,000 U.S. veterans were transferred to the MDL court in Florida. All plaintiffs claim that 3M, the manufacturer, knew the earplugs worn by vets during combat in Iraq or Afghanistan or while training on U.S. military bases would result in hearing loss and/or tinnitus.  
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More 3M Earplug Lawsuits Filed by Veterans Nationwide

More 3M Earplug Lawsuits Filed by Veterans Nationwide January 25, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara From Minnesota to Texas to California, about 2,000 defective earplug lawsuits made by the 3M company and Aero Technologies (bought by 3M) have been filed by U.S. veterans, many of whom suffer tinnitus and permanent hearing loss. These lawsuits have been pouring in since 3M agreed in the summer of 2018  to pay U.S. military branches $9.1 million to settle government allegations that the Maplewood-based company supplied defective earplugs.
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