Ohio Product Liability Lawyer and Veterans Affairs Attorney reviewing 3M defective earplugs claims and representing plaintiffs nationwide
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last year that the 3M Company agreed to pay over $9 million to settle allegations that it supplied the U.S. military with defective earplugs. The settlement involved 3M’s CAEv2 “dual-ended combat arms earplugs.” A whistleblower lawsuit filed against 3M claimed the company sold defective earplugs to the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, and was aware that the earplugs did not function as intended.
The lawsuit alleged that 3M and Aearo Technologies Inc. knew the CAEv2 earplugs were too short for proper insertion into some users’ ears and that the 3M defective earplugs could loosen and failed to perform well for certain individuals. The plaintiffs alleged that 3M did not disclose the design defect to the military, and put many individuals at risk of hearing loss and ear damage.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio Product Liability Attorney and Personal Injury Lawyer investigating injury claims from veterans and civilians who may have used 3M defective earplugs.
Contact The Lyon Firm if you have suffered hearing loss or tinnitus due to defective combat earplugs. The Lyon Firm is proud to represent America’s veterans in VA disability hearing loss claims and in product liability class action lawsuits involving 3M defective earplugs.
The allegations target 3M, earplug maker Moldex-Metric Inc., and Aearo Technologies Inc. for the product defects and subsequent injuries. Moldex has alleged in lawsuits that a 3M dual-ended earplug had previously failed to pass certain safety tests, which violated its military sales contracts.
This qui tam lawsuit claims 3M was aware of the defect for several years. 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 ear injury, hearing loss and tinnitus, exposed millions to injury risk caused by 3M defective earplugs. 3M employees were allegedly aware of the earplug defects as early as 2000, years before 3M became the only provider of earplugs to the military.
When defense contractors like 3M produce an ineffective product and provide defective protective gear to America’s military, they should be held accountable for their negligence, and should compensate veterans suffering from tinnitus and hearing loss.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to 3M defective earplugs, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.