Defense Contractor 3M Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit for Defective Ear Plugs

Defense Contractor 3M Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit for Defective Ear Plugs

The attorneys at Montgomery & Ponder, LLC are currently investigating cases related to 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2). The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that 3M Company has agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations made under the False Claims Act. The case alleged that 3M knowingly sold the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs to the United States military without disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection device. The defects alleged were that 3M and Aearo Technologies Inc. knew the CAEv2 earplugs were too short for proper insertion for some users’ ears, and that the 3M defective earplugs could loosen and failed to perform properly for some individuals.

These earplugs were selective attenuation earplugs that were dual-ended, with one yellow end and one olive green end, and offered two levels of noise protection depending on how they were worn. The 3M dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs were standard issue in certain branches of the military during foreign conflicts between 2003 and 2015, and have likely caused thousands of soldiers to suffer hearing loss and tinnitus, and exposed millions to injury risk. Affected service members can now file individual lawsuits to seek compensation for damages they’ve suffered, such as personal injuries, pain and suffering, and loss of life’s enjoyment.

If you or a loved one were active in any branch of the military from 2003 to 2015 and suffered hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact the attorneys at (205) 377-5004.

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