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Plaintiff Seeks Consolidation of Federal 3M Earplug Lawsuits

After a group of plaintiffs reached a $9.1 million settlement with the 3M Company to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold defective earplugs to the U.S. military, one of those plaintiffs has filed a motion seeking consolidation of all such claims into a single district for pretrial handling before one judge.

March 5, 2019 – In the motion, which was filed Jan. 25, Plaintiff requests the District of Minnesota as the venue for the proposed MDL because 3M is headquartered there, and thus the relevant documents and witnesses are located nearby. Consolidation is intended to streamline the litigation process, and to “promote the just and efficient conduct of the actions,” according to the motion.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had hearing loss, tinnitus or other ear damage following use of 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

The plaintiff who filed the motion requesting the MDL filed his personal suit on Jan. 24, alleging that:

  • 3M and Aearo Technologies (which 3M purchased in 2008) manufactured and sold defective dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs;
  • Defendants knew about these defects prior to selling the earplugs to the military;
  • Defendants falsified test results to meet military standards and qualify for the lucrative government contract.

Moldex-Metric Inc., a firm that manufactures earplugs that compete with 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, filed a whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. Government in May 2016, alleging that 3M made false statements regarding its dual-ended version 2 earplugs. The company noted in the suit that the earplugs had likely caused thousands of soldiers to suffer major hearing loss and/or tinnitus, and that the indirect cost to the public has been huge.

At the time the motion to consolidate was filed, at least 8 other 3M earplug lawsuits were pending in 4 districts. The complaints were filed on behalf of military personnel who allegedly suffered hearing loss and/or tinnitus as a result of wearing the earplugs.

Do I Have a 3M Earplug Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in 3M Earplug lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new hearing loss and tinnitus cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one had hearing loss, tinnitus or other ear damage following use of 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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