Army Boots

3M CAEv2 Earplugs

3M and predecessor Aearo Technologies, sold defective earplugs to the United States military between 2003 and 2013 putting servicemen and women at risk of hearing damage. The design of the dual-ended earplugs was too short to be inserted properly in some user’s ears which resulted in a slow imperceptible loosening of the earplugs and failure to provide the appropriate noise cancellation. 3M has been accused of knowing that the earplugs did not meet military specifications and willingly failed to disclose the problems.  In June of 2018, 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle a U.S. Department of Justice whistleblower lawsuit over these allegations.

However, this settlement does not compensate individuals who were harmed as a result of 3M’s failure to properly warn of the defective design. Currently, litigation is underway in the Northern District of Florida for servicemen and women seeking answers, justice, and compensation.

If you served between 2003 and 2015, were issued 3M’s dual-ended earplugs, and were diagnosed with tinnitus or hearing loss, contact The Benton Law Group today for a complimentary consultation.