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Grant & Eisenhofer Files Class Action Complaint Against Owners of Breached Dam in Michigan

Local Michigan residents and businesses have filed a complaint against owners and operators of a dam in Edenville, MI, whose failures caused massive evacuations and damage to the town when the dam broke on May 19, 2020. The dam break was caused by years of neglect, sending floodwaters surging through towns and residential areas. Water then broke through the Sanford dam farther downstream, overtaking poorly functioning barriers and inadequate spillways that had not been properly maintained or repaired for years. The complaint was filed jointly by Grant & Eisenhofer, Morgan & Morgan and Jenner Law.

Regulatory agencies had repeatedly cited the dams as inadequate to handle an extreme event. “Despite the defendants’ well-known record of ignoring safety regulations, they now appear to be trying to exploit political divisions within the state by blaming the government for failures at the properties they were responsible for maintaining,” said the attorneys representing the plaintiffs. “This is a despicable dereliction of oversight and public trust, and homeowners and businesses throughout the area are paying the price. Our class action is a vital step to hold the dam owners accountable to the law and to common decency.”

To add insult to injury, plaintiffs are already struggling to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many suffered equipment damage, as well as inventory loss.

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.

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