3M Settles Defective Military Earplug Lawsuit for $9.1 Million

by NPHM | March 27th, 2019

Members of the U.S. military are issued earplugs to help protect their ears from loud noises during combat and training. Between 2003-2015, servicemembers received an earplug model known as the 3M Combat Arms, Version 2—but the earplugs proved less effective than their manufacturers originally claimed, resulting in permanent hearing loss and tinnitus in thousands of soldiers.

The cone-shaped earplugs can be worn in two ways. When inserted in one direction, the earplugs allow the wearer to hear friendly soldiers and enemy combatants. When worn in the other direction, they offer more complete protection from all sounds. The two sides are connected by a central stem that, due to design defects, prevent the wearer from fully inserting the earplugs, rendering them less effective.

Despite 3M’s knowledge that the earplugs did not meet U.S. military safety standards, the company continued the sale of the earplugs, distributing an estimated 750,000 pairs in 2006 to U.S. troops. Those allegations were brought against 3M by the U.S. Government on the grounds of the False Claims Act. A press release from the Department of Justice in February 2019 states that 3M agreed to settle the allegations for $9.1 Million.

At Nurenberg Paris Injury Lawyers, we are thankful for the brave men and women who serve our country. If you or someone you love suffered hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of defective military earplugs, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Big manufacturing companies should be held accountable when their negligence causes harm to innocent people, and we’re ready to fight for your rights.

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