Lieff Cabraser has filed lawsuits against 3M for providing allegedly defective ear plugs for over a decade to men and women who served in the US military. Complaints allege the ear plugs, distributed between 2002 and 2015, were too short for proper insertion into users’ ears, putting users at risk for permanent hearing loss, hearing impairment, and tinnitus. In May 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Kenny Byrd was appointed to the Early Vetting Committee in the nationwide multidistrict aggregated Combat Arms Earplugs product defect lawsuit against 3M.
In July 2018, the Department of Justice announced that 3M Company had agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the United States military without disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection devices. The now-discontinued dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs were standard-issued equipment for Afghanistan and Iraq soldiers serving between 2002 and 2015.
Specifically, the United States alleged that 3M, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the CAEv2 earplugs were too short for proper insertion into users’ ears, and that the plugs could loosen imperceptibly and therefore did not perform well for certain individuals. The United States further alleged that 3M did not disclose this design defect to the military.
Contact an Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser
If you are a soldier who experienced hearing loss after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan between 2002 and 2015, we encourage you to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Lieff Cabraser today. You can reach our Nashville, TN office toll-free at 1 866-313-1973 for a free, no-obligation, confidential review of your case (ask to speak to firm partners Mark Chalos or Fabrice Vincent), or you can use the form below to contact our team of legal professionals who seek to redress this wrong.