3M Pays $9.1 Million for Selling Defective Ear Plugs to Military
3M has settled claims brought by the Justice Department accusing the company of knowingly selling defective ear plugs used by combat soldiers. The $9.1 million settlement resolves claims brought by the government against 3M pursuant to the False Claims Act. The government strongly condemned the actions of 3M, which exposed soldiers to tinnitus and serious hearing loss.
The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the men and women serving in the United States military from defective products and fraudulent conduct. Government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our military will face appropriate consequences.
What You Should Do
If you are experiencing tinnitus or hearing loss, promptly consult your physician for an evaluation.
The settlement between 3M and the Department of Justice does not resolve individual claims for persons harmed by the ear plugs. If you served in the military and developed tinnitus or hearing loss after use of the 3M Combat Arms Ear Plugs, you may be entitled to compensation. You should act immediately to contact an attorney experienced in matters involving defective products.
If you or a loved one suffered tinnitus or hearing loss as a result of the Aearo Technologies/3M Combat Arms Ear Plugs, please call us toll-free at 800.883.8888 or complete our online contact form. You also can sign up by completing our 3M intake and representation agreement.