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3M Defective Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit

Hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the primary symptoms associated with the use of 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2) by veterans who served in the military sometime between  2003 and 2015.

No Impact On VA Benefits

Product Defect

Faulty product design inhibited proper insertion into the users’ ears, and the earplugs could not maintain a tight seal exposing the soldiers to dangerously loud sounds. 

Compensation Available

3M has agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve the allegations related to this lawsuit.

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3M Company Agrees to Pay $9.1 Million to Resolve Allegations That it Supplied the United States With Defective Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs

The Department of Justice announced today that 3M Company (3M), headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, has 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 device.



“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the men and women serving in the United States military from defective products and fraudulent conduct,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Department’s Civil Division. “Government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our military will face appropriate consequences.”

July 26th, 2018

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