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Defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Lawsuit Update

Gene Riddle   |  February 25, 2019   |  

NOTE: This is an update on our earlier announcement concerning 3M military earplugs lawsuits

In July 2018, the United States Department of Justice announced that 3M had agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that they knowingly sold Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs (version 2), to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection device.  The earplugs were initially manufactured by Aearo Technologies, which was obtained by 3M in 2008.

In order to be eligible for a 3M earplugs lawsuit, you must:

  • Have served in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015
  • Have used military-issued 3M Combat Arms dual-ended earplugs during your service
  • Have served in active combat
  • Have been diagnosed with hearing loss and/or tinnitus within 2 years of discharge
  • Have been honorably discharged
  • Not have Kentucky, Tennessee or Lousiana listed as your state of residency on your DD-214

Defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs

Between the years of 2003 and 2015, millions of service members were issued Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) for training and in the battlefield by 3M corporation.  Unfortunately, because of a design flaw, millions are at risk of hearing injuries due to exposure of damaging sound levels when the earplugs unexpectedly loosen. Our North Carolina 3M earplugs attorneys are actively evaluating cases (contact us for a free case review).

3M Combat Arms Earplugs Attorney in North Carolina3M sold over 2 million of these earplugs to the U.S. military for more than a decade.  These earplugs are dual-ended and can be used as traditional earplugs or flipped into an “open” position to eliminate extremely loud sounds such as explosions on the battlefield.  Unfortunately, these earplugs could lose their seal, failing to perform well for certain users.

3M allegedly knew about the defects of these earplugs and even manipulated false testing and prevented other companies from selling similar products to the military.  Moreover, 3M’s CAEv2 earplugs were standard equipment for certain branches of the military between 2003 and 2015, and the only available option for attenuation earplugs between 2003 and 2012. If you or a loved one served in the United States military at any time 2003-2015 and have suffered hearing loss, contact our 3M military earplug attorneys for a free case review today.

Hearing Loss from 3M Earplugs for the US Military

Even though sources report 3M knew of the defect, 3M continued to market and sell the earplugs to the military, mislead the military about its ineffective protection, and expose millions of soldiers to potentially significant hearing loss.  Not only did the military pay millions of dollars for the defective equipment, but the public will pay vast amounts of money treating veterans with hearing loss and permanent damage in the future.

3M Combat Arms Earplugs Lawyer for North Carolina Active Military and Veterans

Hearing loss is one of the biggest issues facing military members today.  Anxiety and depression are common in veterans who experience hearing loss, and these two conditions can have a significant impact on quality of life.

3M Military Earplugs Lawsuit - Riddle & Brantley

If you, a loved one, or someone you know served in the military between 2003 and 2015 and have been diagnosed with or are suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus, after wearing 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, please contact Riddle & Brantley law firm today.  Our 3M earplugs attorneys in North Carolina are actively evaluating these claims and seeking just compensation for victims.  3M allegedly produced and sold defective hearing protection equipment and failed to warn the military.  Due to 3M’s conduct and behavior, retired and active members of our military may be entitled to compensation to help pay for injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.

North Carolina is home to several military bases including Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.  Riddle & Brantley has offices in Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Kinston and Raleigh. We are here to help with your 3M Combat Arms earplugs case.  To learn more about your rights, call us at (800) 535-7111 or complete a free case review form online.  Our team is available to answer your questions and get the help you deserve.  There are never upfront costs or attorney fees unless we win your case.