Beginning in 2003, 3M™ supplied the US military with Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2(CAEv2). Meant to protect ear drums from gunfire and explosions, these ear plugs were supplied to approx. 1.6 million active US military members in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan from the years 2003 to 2015. The ear plugs were defective and were either too short for proper insertion into users’ ears or could loosen and not perform effectively.
As a result of the faulty ear plugs, service members have experienced hearing loss and Tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ears. 3M™ knew these ear plugs were defective and in 2018 reached a settlement with the Department of Justice.
In July 2020, a federal judge blocked 3M from eschewing liability for hearing damage from the fault earplugs citing the military was not a part of the design process for the earplugs. Lawsuits against 3M will continue.
If you or a loved one have suffered from any of these symptoms as a result of using 3M™ Earplugs call our attorneys at Lundy Law immediately at 1-800-LundyLaw.