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Defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs

$7.1 Million Verdict for Defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs (Version 2)

A federal jury in Florida recently returned a $7.1 Million verdict (April 2021) against 3M Company in favor of 3 veterans who suffered hearing loss/issues as a result of the defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs (Version 2) they were issued while serving in the military.

The dual-sided earplugs were supposed to satisfy multiple hearing protection for military personnel. The earplugs were color-coded yellow on one end and green on the other.  One end was to provide protection but allow some communication, while the other end was supposed to block out all noise. The design flaw was that the plugs would not form, or failed to maintain, a proper seal, exposing the wearer to hearing loss/damage.

Back in 2018, the Department of Justice announced that 3M Company, had agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the United States military without disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection device. The payment to the federal government did not compensate the individuals who suffered injury.

Am I Eligible?

We are currently assisting a number of individuals that were adversely affected by this defective product.

You may be eligible for compensation, if you:

  • served in the U.S. military from 2002 through 2015;
  • were issued Combat Arms Earplugs (v2);
  • wore them on at least one occasion for noise protection (it is not necessary that you served overseas or wore them in combat), and;
  • suffered either hearing loss or tinnitus.

There are strict time deadlines for filing these cases, so it is important to act promptly.  Please contact us at 888-322-3636, for a FREE consultation.