Lawsuits for 3M Combat Arms Ear Plugs Increase After MDL
On April 3, 2019, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation formed the MDL for 3M Combat Arms ear plug lawsuits and assigned the cases to Judge M. Casey Rodgers in the Northern District of Florida. Since that time, the number of veterans and active service members who have brought claims against 3M have more than doubled.
In July 2019, 3M was facing 1,220 lawsuits related to the Combat Arms ear plugs. That number increased to 2,663 by November 2019. The lawsuits alleged that 3M knowingly sold defective ear plugs to the military between 2003 and 2005, resulting in hearing loss and tinnitus.
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.