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February 12, 2024. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ 3M Sending Payments for Faulty Combat Earplugs ]
Santa Clara, CA As part of its $6 billion faulty combat earplug settlement, 3M began sending payments last month to military veterans who suffered hearing loss and other significant injuries. The payments will resolve about 300,000 lawsuits claiming the manufacturing company knowingly sold defective earplugs that caused hearing loss and tinnitus. Those affected are mainly US military who were in training and combat from 2003 to 2015.
October 31, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ 3M’s Earplugs v. The U.S. Trustee ]
Pensacola, FL A group of 3M’s Aearo Technologies’ attorneys have taken issue with the U.S. Trustee’s objection to their motion seeking more than $7 million in fees in the 3M combat arms earplug lawsuit settlement of more than $6 billion. Without their "substantial contribution" to the dismissal of the Aearo bankruptcy case, the attorneys said in an Indiana bankruptcy court, 3M would never have reached a settlement for about 240,000 people who filed defective earplug complaints. And wouldn’t you know it – on the heels of this settlement comes an identity theft scam targeting veterans.
September 13, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ 3M Settles Earplug Lawsuits for $6 Billion ]
Santa Clara, CA 3M announced in August that it reached a $6 billion settlement over defective earplug lawsuits brought by thousands of veterans and military service members who have suffered hearing damage. From 2003 to 2105 the military used the earplugs to protect them from combat noise, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. 3M earplug lawsuits—which grew into the largest mass tort litigation in U.S. history—claim that the chemical giant knew during those years that their earplugs were defective and they hid design flaws, skewed test results and neglected to provide instructions for the proper use of the earplugs.
March 23, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Department of Defense Testing for Veterans’ Hearing Loss Falls on Deaf Ears at 3M ]
Santa Clara, CA A federal judge in the 3M defective earplugs MDL is not buying into 3M’s interpretation of medical testing records recently produced by the Department of Defense. 3M hired an economic consulting firm to analyze the DOD data to ensure the company a positive outcome, rather like insurance companies hiring their own medical experts to deny disability benefits.
January 23, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Judge Irate Over 3M Earplugs Litigation ]
Santa Clara, CA 3M’s move to shift liability for military earplug injury lawsuits by placing its Aearo Technologies subsidiary into bankruptcy seems to have backfired. A federal judge has described the move as “bad faith tactics” and an “abuse of the litigation process”.
December 9, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Veterans Want Stay Lifted on 3M Earplug Hearing Loss Lawsuits ]
Santa Clara, CA A group of veterans have filed a motion to allow hearing loss lawsuits to move forward. They want the stay on all 3M earplug lawsuits lifted, arguing that 3M is responsible for design flaws because they used the company’s earplugs after it acquired Aearo Technologies – which initially developed the Combat Arms Earplugs version 2 (CAEv2) -- in 2008, and before 3M placed its Aearo subsidiary into bankruptcy.
November 28, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ 3M Earplug Injury Verdict of $50M Firm ]
Pensacola, FL A Florida federal judge in October denied 3M a new trial after a jury awarded $50 million to veteran Luke Vilsmeyer. Like more than 280,000 veterans, Vilsmeyer claimed that 3M’s CAEv2 earplugs were defective and caused his tinnitus and hearing loss. The judge ruled that the trial evidence “substantially supported” the verdict.
July 8, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Jury heard 3M Combat Arms Earplug Plaintiff Loud and Clear ]
Pensacola, FL In the third 3M earplug bellwether trial a federal jury determined that the company failed to provide adequate safety warnings about their combat arms earplugs. The plaintiff, veteran Lloyd Baker, was awarded $1.7 million.
June 10, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ 3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial: So far a Draw ]
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.
June 1, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ 3M Earplug Bellwether Trials: 1 For 3M, 1 for Plaintiffs ]
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.
- Hearing Examinations to Begin in 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplugs Lawsuits By Anne Wallace (Nov-19-20)
- Lead Attorney for 3M Earplug Plaintiffs is Proceeding to Trial By Jane Mundy (Oct-21-20)
- 3M Cannot Use “Government Contractor Defense” as Earplugs Lawsuit Continues By Jane Mundy (Sep-18-20)
- Hundreds of Documents Unsealed in 3M Defective Earplug Litigation By Jane Mundy (May-7-20)
- Government Preemption Doesn’t Apply to 3M Earplugs By Jane Mundy (Apr-7-20)
- Veterans Can Still File 3M Earplug Lawsuits and Bellwether Trial Coming Up By Jane Mundy (Mar-11-20)
- 3M Earplug Lawsuits Filed by Veterans Mounting By Jane Mundy (Feb-12-20)
- More 3M Earplug Lawsuits Filed by Veterans Nationwide By Jane Mundy (Jan-25-20)
- Another Lawsuit Fired at 3M combat earplug maker. By Jane Mundy (Sep-16-19)
- Veterans with Hearing Loss Chucked 3M Defective Earplugs During Deployment By Jane Mundy (Aug-6-19)
- Defective Earplug Lawsuits Piling Up By Jane Mundy (May-25-19)
- Texas 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplug Lawsuit Tells Tale of War Profiteering By Anne Wallace (Apr-2-19)
- 3M Allegedly Reported False Safety Results to Procure Lucrative Contract By Anne Wallace (Mar-6-19)
- More 3M Defective Earplug Lawsuits Filed By Jane Mundy (Feb-19-19)