The Attorneys at Pepper & Odom Law Firm are currently representing military combat veterans who suffered hearing loss and/or Tinnitus from using defective combat earplugs between 2003 and 2015.
Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2)
These earplugs claimed to offer dual-purpose ear protection. Inserting the earplugs one way would allow regular sound to be heard, while inserted the opposite way would provide protection from loud sounds such as gunfire and explosions.
The Combat Earplugs were standard issues for thousands of service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2015. In 2018, 3M agreed to settle claims by the Government that it knowingly sold the defective earplugs to the Department of Defense.
Although load noises are common in combat zones, due to the wrongful conduct of 3M Company, many thousands of service members may have been unnecessarily exposed to dangerous noise levels because of the defective design of the combat earplugs.
Defective Design of the CAEv2 Earplugs
Based on Whistleblower’s claims, the CAEv2 Combat earplugs were designed too short for proper insertion into the soldier’s ears allowing them to loosen during use. This is a critical design defect that made the earplug effectively useless if they would not stay properly inserted into the ears. It is alleged that 3M and its predecessor Aearo Technologies knew of the design defect as early as 2000, and may have manipulated test results to meet the Department of Defense standards.
Multidistrict Litigation Lawsuits
In April 2019, the Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation (MDL Panel) transferred many pending 3M lawsuits filed all over the country to the United States Federal Court for the Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division. The Honorable Judge M. Casey Rodgers is presiding over the combined case. By combining all the pending cases, the Court could eliminate duplicative discovery and save judicial resources. Since the lawsuits are against the same defendants and allege the same defective design for the dual-ended earplugs, the Panel decided the lawsuits meet the requirements for the creation of the MDL. For more information, visit the Court’s Frequently Asked Questions page.
Do you have a Claim?
If you can answer Yes to the following 3 questions, then you may have a claim.
- Were you an actively deployed servicemember in the U.S. Military between 2003 and 2015?
- Were you issued and used the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms CAEv2 Earplugs during your military service?
- Have you been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus?
Contact us today to get a free confidential case review. We don’t charge any attorney fees unless you get compensated. Our Attorneys have helped thousands of people who have suffered personal injuries and we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
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