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20 Cases Selected as Bellwether Trials in 3M Earplug Combat Arms Litigation

More than 140,000 veterans have filed complaints of hearing loss after using 3M Combat Arms earplugs while serving. The judge presiding over the lawsuits has identified 20 of these complaints as the initial pool of bellwether cases to be worked up for trial next year. The judge has also chosen five alternate cases.

What is the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Defect?

The veterans are suing 3M Company, alleging that the company knew about a defect in the earplug. The earplugs were designed to be dual-ended, whereby the user could insert the plugs one way to completely block out sound. The user could wear the plugs another way to be able to hear commands but cancel out sound from gunfire or explosions. The allegation is that the earplugs do not ensure a proper fit, and may loosen in the ear canal, rendering the product ineffective and potentially leading to permanent hearing damage, such as hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ear). The U.S. military issued these earplugs to soldiers for use during training and in combat between 2003 and 2015. However, the claims allege that, although 3M knew of this design defect, it continued to sell thousands of pairs of faulty earplugs.

What is a Bellwether Trial?

Over 140,000 complaints lodged against 3M concerning the Combat Arms earplugs all have similar allegations. The cases have been filed all over the country. Give the similarities in each of the lawsuits, the cases were consolidated under one umbrella in a multi-district litigation (MDL). This MDL is centralized in one court before one judge—this time, before U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers in the Northern District of Florida. As an MDL, the cases undergo coordinated discovery, as well as pretrial proceedings. These proceedings include what are known as bellwether trials. Bellwether trials are typically a sample of cases selected for additional discovery and preparation to go before juries. They often help to gauge how the remainder of trials will unfold.

Can I Join the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Litigation?

If you or a loved one used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during your service in the U.S. military and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. It’s not too late to investigate your claim.

3M Earplugs Cause Hearing Loss, Tormenting Military Veterans

Military personnel were required to wear 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during training and combat duty between 2003 and 2015.  The dual-ended design was supposed to offer two levels of hearing protection. Now, lawsuits allege that the earplug could loosen in the ear canal, rendering the product ineffective, and that this could lead to permanent hearing damage.

3M was allegedly aware of the defect, but failed to issue a product recall or warning. Instead, the company continued to sell them to the U.S. military.Some veterans who wore the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) have reported severe hearing loss.  Others suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ear).

In April 2019, a Multidistrict Litigation consolidated more than 139,000 claims filed against 3M. Trial is expected to begin in 2021 before Judge M. Casey Rodgers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. As cases continue to be filed, this may become one of the largest mass tort litigation cases in the U.S.

What Does This Mean for You?

You may be eligible to file a 3M military earplug lawsuit. You may qualify for compensation if you experienced hearing loss or tinnitus. It’s not too late to investigate your claim.

Are You a Veteran Injured by Defective 3M Earplugs? Contact Our Attorneys to Review Your Potential Claim

If you or a loved one used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during your service in the U.S. military and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

Hundreds of Juul Lawsuits Organized as Multi-District Litigation

With over 300 lawsuits filed against Juul Labs, a manufacturer of popular vaping products, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has centralized these cases into a multi-district litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. An MDL is a mechanism often used by the courts to coordinate multiple cases alleging similar claims under one umbrella to eliminate duplicative discovery efforts and get an idea of how a judge may rule on each case.

In the Juul MDL, the cases have been coordinated before U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick III. The plaintiffs similarly allege that Juul targeted young people in their marketing efforts, including minors, and failed to warn consumers that their vaping products contain nicotine. Juul is also accused of promoting its vaping products as healthier alternatives to cigarettes. Juul vape pen use, often called Juuling, has been linked to lung damage and death among young people. At the beginning of 2020, the FDA banned most flavored nicotine vaping products, as lung illness linked to vaping had so far taken the lives of 55 people across 27 states.

If you or a loved one suffered a vaping related illness or died from a vaping illness, please call us at 888-984-7988 to discuss your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

Thousands Sue 3M for Hearing Loss Caused by Faulty Earplugs

According to a court documents issued on January 21, 2020, nearly 140,000 individuals in the United States have presented claims for hearing loss or tinnitus allegedly caused by 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs. Tens of thousands of additional complaints are predicted to be filed in the near future.

Many of the people affected are military veterans, as the devices were standard issue to all service members between 2003 and 2015. Each of the plaintiffs raise similar allegations, pointing to design defects that caused inadequate hearing protection. This resulted in permanent hearing loss and tinnitus for thousands of people.

To organize the plethora of 3M earplug hearing loss claims, a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) was established. Plaintiffs and defendants are now in a process to select cases for the bellwether trial.

Contact Our Attorneys to Review Your Potential Claim

If you or a loved one used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during your service in the U.S. military and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

FDA Bans Most Flavored Vaping Pods

In an effort to limit teen vaping, the FDA has placed a ban on most flavored vaping products. Mint and fruit flavored nicotine vaping cartridges must be removed from distribution by the end of January 2020. E-cigarette companies may also face regulatory action if their products are market to minors or if they do not take adequate measures to prevent children from accessing the products. The rise in e-cigarette use among teens, coupled with lung illnesses from vaping that have killed at least 55 people across 27 states, has prompted the regulatory agency to issue the ban.

Juul Labs corners the majority of the e-cigarette and vaping product market, and is at the center of many lawsuits and federal investigations alleging that the company targeted young people, including minors, and failed to warn consumers that their vaping products contain nicotine. Juul is also being accused of promoting its vaping products as healthier alternatives to cigarettes. Vape pen use, often called Juuling, has been linked to lung damage and even death among young people.

If you or a loved one suffered a vaping related illness or died from a vaping illness, please call us at 888-984-7988 to discuss your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

 

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