3M’s US Military Earplug Lawsuit Settlement

The largest mass tort litigation in U.S. history. 

3M’s US Military Earplug Lawsuit Settlement, totaling over $6 billion, is a triumph for veterans and those affected, providing justice and rightful compensation. 

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Historic Agreement for Justice 

3M's agreement to pay more than $6 billion is a monumental step towards justice for those who endured hearing damage.  

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Historic Agreement for Justice 

Bryan F. Aylstock, Christopher A. Seeger, and Clayton Clark played key roles in representing the plaintiffs. 

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Compensation Distribution 

The $6 billion settlement will be disbursed between 2023 and 2029, comprising $5 billion in cash and $1 billion in 3M common stock. 

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No Admission of Liability 

3M emphasizes that this agreement is not an admission of liability, asserting that their earplugs are safe and effective when used correctly. 

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Defective Earplugs and False Testing 

Plaintiffs alleged that 3M's Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, CAEv.2, produced between 2003 and 2015, were faulty. 

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Defective Earplugs and False Testing 

These earplugs could become loose, exposing users to damaging levels of noise, resulting in hearing loss and related injuries. 

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Diverse Range of Victims 

The victims spanned a wide spectrum, including civilian industrial professionals, hunters, shooting range enthusiasts, and military personnel. 

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Manipulated Testing Procedures 

Plaintiffs alleged that the earplugs' Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) was manipulated during testing, reducing the NRR rating from 22 to 10.9 on eight subjects. 

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Legal Troubles  for 3M 

In 2018, the Department of Justice revealed that 3M paid $9.1 million to resolve allegations of knowingly selling defective earplugs to the U.S. military without disclosure. 

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Legal Troubles  for 3M 

The government's commitment to holding companies accountable for military safety is underscored by this action. 

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Significant victory of 3M's Customer

3M's $6 billion settlement is a significant victory for those who suffered hearing loss due to faulty earplugs. 

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vUS MILITARY USING EARPLUG 

3M’s US Military Earplug Lawsuit Settlement

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