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3M Earplugs Bellwether Trial Results in $7.1M Award

A jury awarded $7.1 million to three plaintiffs in the first bellwether trial in the 3M Combat Arms earplugs multidistrict litigation. The plaintiffs, former service members, claimed to have been injured by the company’s defective dual-ended earplugs.

The products at the center of the litigation are the Version 2 of the Combat Earplugs (CAEv2). They were supplied to the military from 2003-2015. The product defect may impact more than 2 million service members who were deployed between 2001 and 2015.

Almost 240,000 claims have been consolidated in the MDL. Two more bellwether trials are scheduled for May and June before different juries.

If you experienced hearing loss or have been diagnosed with tinnitus after using 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during your service in the U.S. military, you may be eligible for compensation.

I Am a Veteran Injured by Defective 3M Earplugs. What Can I Do?

Please contact our law firm 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. Call (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim, or submit our contact form.

More Women File Claims Against Elmiron Manufacturer for Vision Loss

Women across the country are filing lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of the drug Elmiron, claiming the drug caused their vision problems such as maculopathy. Long-term use of the drug, which is prescribed to treat bladder pain, has been linked to vision problems such as blurry vision, loss of close vision, night blindness, and other serious vision-related problems. Pigmentary maculopathy, a common injury related to Elmiron use, affects the part of the eye that senses light.

Along with vision loss claims, Elmiron users also allege that Janssen failed to warn patients and doctors of these potentially permanent conditions. Approved by the FDA in 1996, some plaintiffs had taken the drug for many years—even decades. It was not until 2020 that Janssen finally changed the label for Elmiron to warn doctors and patients of the risk for maculopathy in short-and long-term Elmiron use.

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3M Combat Arms Earplug MDL Swells

The number of plaintiffs filing claims against 3M over its defective Combat Arms earplugs has grown to a staggering 230,000 in two years. Consolidated in a Florida federal court, the multi-district litigation encompasses cases from military veterans alleging hearing problems associated with 3M’s dual-ended earplugs. The product was issued to U.S. service men and women from 2003 to 2015, despite 3M allegedly knowing they were defective.

One of the reasons the MDL has grown so large may be due to the sheer volume of people that were impacted. According to Reuters, more than 2 million service members were deployed between 2001 and 2015. The product was widely used among veterans in Afghanistan and Iraq. Reuters also notes that hearing damage is the single leading cause of disability reported to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

I Think I am Eligible to File a 3M Earplug Claim. What Can I Do?

Please contact our law firm 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. Call (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim, or submit our contact form.

3M Earplug Trial Underway

As the first 3M Combat Arms military earplug trial continues in a Florida federal court, plaintiffs impacted by the defective product eagerly await a ruling. As many as 230,000 former service men and women have filed matters against 3M for manufacturing defective earplugs between 2003 and 2015 that allegedly caused hearing loss and other hearing related problems.

This is the first bellwether trial to take place in the litigation, and will be followed by two additional trials before different juries in May and June.

3M’s Combat Arms earplugs were designed to be dual-ended: if worn one way, the user could block out loud blasts during combat or training while still being able to hear commands, and if worn in reverse, the user would be able to block out all sound. Plaintiffs allege, however, that that the shape of the earplug was defective and failed to provide adequate protection. Claimants who used these earplug have experienced hearing problems including tinnitus, and in some cases, permanent hearing loss.

Am I Eligible to File a 3M Earplug 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. Call (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim, or submit our contact form.

G&E Director Beth Graham Named to Law360’s Annual Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar 

Firm Director and head of G&E’s mass tort practice group, Beth Graham has been selected by Law360 as a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” for 2021. This year’s list from Law360 includes only 11 lawyers, each of whom obtained significant achievements on behalf of their clients over the past year. Read the announcement here.

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