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When Will the 3M Lawsuit Be Settled?

Nearly 300,000 people have filed lawsuits against 3M alleging that the company’s Combat Arms Earplugs were defective and failed to protect them against hearing damage. These cases have been consolidated into the largest “class action” multidistrict litigation (MDL) in history in the Northern District of Florida. Following 16 bellwether trials, parties engaged in settlement negotiations in an attempt to resolve the 3M Earplug Lawsuits.
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What is the Status of the 3M Earplug Lawsuit?

To date, no plaintiff has settled a lawsuit. At least 288,000 plaintiffs have filed complaints against 3M over the allegedly defective design of the company's Combat Arms Earplugs. As of October 2022, none of these claims have been settled.

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How Long Will the Settlement Take?

No outcome is guaranteed, but as the final bellwether trials have concluded, it seems likely that a global settlement in lawsuits may be reached within the next year or two, based on similar mass tort product liability cases.

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Final 3M Bellwether Trial Ends in $77.5 Million Verdict for Plaintiff

In May 2022, a federal jury in Florida awarded $77.5 million in damages, including $72.5 million in punitive damages, to a former soldier who alleged that his hearing loss was caused by defective 3M earplugs. The case was the 16th bellwether trial in the MDL against 3M and may set the stage for other pending lawsuits.

Other 3M Earplug Bellwether Trial Results

Round Plaintiff(s) Date Result

  1. Hacker / Estes / Keefer May 2021 $7,100,000
  2. McCombs May 2021 Defense Verdict
  3. Baker June 2021 $1,100,000
  4. Atkins Sept 2021 $8,200,000
  5. Blum Oct 2021 Defense Verdict
  6. Palanki Nov 2021 Defense Verdict
  7. Camarillorazo Nov 2021 $13,062,320
  8. Finley Nov 2021 $22,500,000Montero Dec 2021 Defense Verdict
  9. Stelling Dec 2021 Defense Verdict
  10. Sloan / Wayman Jan 2022 $110,000,000
  11. Wilkerson Mar 2022 $8,000,000
  12. Vilsmeyer Mar 2022 $50,000,000
  13. Kelley April 2022 Defense Verdict
  14. Vaughn April 2022 $2,200,000

What are Bellwether Trials Used For?

A bellwether trial is a sample trial that gives everyone involved a sense of what the future holds. While bellwether trials often indicate likely outcomes of future litigation, the legal environment is constantly changing. As such, the trajectory of these lawsuits may change as 3M becomes more willing to settle out of court. Regardless, the bellwether trials indicate that juries are considering the plaintiffs’ claims.

What Proof is Needed in a Lawsuit?

To recover damages for the injuries you suffered from defective 3M earplugs, you will need evidence from your military records. These documents will show where and when you served, and prove that you were issued 3M Combat Arms Earplugs.

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