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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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Another Lawsuit Fired at 3M combat earplug maker.

Another Lawsuit Fired at 3M combat earplug maker. September 16, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA: A former member of the U.S. Navy SEABEES adds one more lawsuit to hundreds of others filed by veterans nationwide against 3M Corporation, claiming that the company falsified testing documents and knowingly manufactured and distributed 3M combat arms defective earplugs to the U.S. Military.
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Veterans with Hearing Loss Chucked 3M Defective Earplugs During Deployment

Veterans with Hearing Loss Chucked 3M Defective Earplugs During Deployment August 6, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Kalamazoo, MI: Brian is a former Marine Corps combatant diagnosed with hearing loss and tinnitus. “I served three tours in Iraq and many training missions where I was a forward observer of artillery, heavy guns, and aircraft ordnance. These 3M earplugs were my standard issue and we were also given no instruction on use or efficacy,” says Brian. “I was unaware that this hearing protection was defective until I read about 3M defective earplug lawsuits online.”
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Defective Earplug Lawsuits Piling Up

Defective Earplug Lawsuits Piling Up May 25, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Grand Rapids, MI: Military veterans nationwide are hopeful that they can bring to court an injury you cannot see and prove why they cannot hear too well. More than 600 military service members have filed defective earplug lawsuits against 3M, the manufacturer.

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Texas 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplug Lawsuit Tells Tale of War Profiteering

Texas 3M Combat Arms Defective Earplug Lawsuit Tells Tale of War Profiteering April 2, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
San Antonio, TX On March 8, 2019, Joe William Contreras, along with 17 other service members filed a 3M Combat Arms defective earplug lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. According to the Complaint, Contreras and the other plaintiffs suffer from hearing loss because 3M Company and its predecessor sold millions of dollars’ worth of Combat Arms earplugs to the military without disclosing design flaws that rendered the product useless.
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3M Allegedly Reported False Safety Results to Procure Lucrative Contract

3M Allegedly Reported False Safety Results to Procure Lucrative Contract March 6, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Kansas City, MO On February 21, 2019, Jonathan Foster, an Army Reserve veteran, filed a 3M Combat Arms defective earplug lawsuit in the Western District of Missouri. He suffers from tinnitus, a symptom of permanent hearing loss, because the earplugs supplied to him by the Army during his training and subsequent deployment to Afghanistan were badly designed. They failed to protect him from the preventable harm that the manufacturer guaranteed against.
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