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“Tremendous Victory” For Veterans In 3M Earplug Lawsuit Settlement

“Tremendous Victory” for Veterans in 3M Earplug Lawsuit Settlement

Veterans across the nation recently won a huge victory over manufacturing company 3M in the ongoing defective earplug lawsuit. After years of negotiation and litigation, 3M agreed to pay $6.01 billion to settle the lawsuit alleging 3M’s defective earplugs caused hearing damage to nearly 260,000 Veterans.

The $6.01 billion settlement will ensure that Veterans who suffered hearing loss or tinnitus from the defective Combat Arms Earplugs will be compensated appropriately. Payments will be made over the next five years to each individual. In addition, 3M has committed to donate to charities that help Veterans experiencing hearing loss or tinnitus. 

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs said that the agreement “represents a tremendous victory for the thousands of men and women who bravely served our country and returned home with life-altering hearing injuries.”

About the 3M Earplug Lawsuit

The 3M Earplug lawsuit is the largest mass torts litigation in U.S. history. Nearly 260,000 Veterans joined together to file claims against 3M for defective earplugs that led to hearing damage, including hearing loss and tinnitus. The cases were consolidated in front of U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers in Pensacola, Florida, in 2019. 

The defective earplugs, known as dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, were provided to the U.S. military between 2003-2015 and were made by Aearo technologies, a company 3M acquired in 2008.

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