In 2018, 3M Company paid the U.S. Department of Justice $9.1 Million to resolve allegations that it supplied the U.S. military with defective earplugs. The whistleblower lawsuit brought the disturbing behavior to light, but none of the money from the 3M earplug settlement was set aside for the veterans who were injured.
Nor has 3M admitted wrongdoing, though internal documents show the company was aware of serious problems with its Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplug™ (CAEv2). Currently, there is no evidence they ever shared those problems with the military.
The $9.1 Million settlement represents a tiny portion of the profits 3M reaped from selling earplugs to the military and an even smaller fraction of the costs associated with treating the damage caused by faulty hearing protection.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), more than 2.6 million veterans are currently on disability for hearing-related injuries.
What Should I Do If I Suffered Hearing Loss While Using 3M Military Earplugs?
If you used 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs while in the military and now suffer from tinnitus or hearing loss, contact The Mass Tort Lawyer for a free, no-risk consultation. Our attorneys can help answer your questions concerning your use of 3M military earplugs, the hearing loss and damage you may have suffered, and your options for filing a 3M earplugs claim and seeking financial consolation.