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Judge Irate Over 3M Earplugs Litigation

Judge Irate Over 3M Earplugs Litigation January 23, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
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”.
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Veterans Want Stay Lifted on 3M Earplug Hearing Loss Lawsuits

Veterans Want Stay Lifted on 3M Earplug Hearing Loss Lawsuits December 9, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
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.
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3M Earplug Injury Verdict of $50M Firm

3M Earplug Injury Verdict of $50M Firm November 28, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
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.   
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Jury heard 3M Combat Arms Earplug Plaintiff Loud and Clear

Jury heard 3M Combat Arms Earplug Plaintiff Loud and Clear July 8, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
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.
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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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