Lawsuits filed by Veterans
A lawsuit filed by veterans alleges that their hearing was damaged because of defective earplugs manufactured by the 3M Company. According to the lawsuit, 3M employees allegedly knew about the earplug defects as early as 2000, yet continued to provide them to U.S. military personnel for use through 2015 or later. Hundreds more military veterans are expected to file lawsuits against the manufacturing company 3M.
Settlement with the Justice Department
A joint lawsuit was filed by the government and by a competitor of 3M and alleged that 3M was aware prior to selling the earplugs to the military that testing procedures and fitting instructions were unlawfully manipulated. It also claimed they sold the plugs from 2003 to 2015 “without disclosing the design defect.”
The Justice Department settled the lawsuit with the company in July 2018. 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to the government but admitted no liability. However, none of the settlement money went to the former service members who wore the earplugs.
Continued Use and Distribution
Although testing conducted by 3M discovered that the earplugs were defective, the company claimed that the testing complied with military standards. The earplugs were sold to the military by 3M until 2015 when they discontinued the product. However, the defective earplugs were not recalled and may still be in use by soldiers and sold by other vendors.
Let Us Review Your 3M Earplugs Case
Are you a U.S. veteran suffering hearing loss due to defective 3M Earplugs? Jason J. Joy & Associates has years of experience navigating complex lawsuits. Contact us to discuss initiating a lawsuit against the 3M Company case on your behalf.
You can read more about the 3M Earplugs lawsuit here.