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Defective Military Ear Plugs News

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.

READ MORE at Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs

Tinnitus Anyone? 3M Covered Up Its Defective Military Earplugs Since 2000

In a settlement worth a paltry $9.1 million, 3M agreed to pay the government after being caught covering up its defective earplugs called dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2).

The company sold its earplugs to the US military without disclosing problems with its effectiveness. Basically, the earplugs would come loose in the ear canal and not perform as well. Those curious about the lawsuit should look up United States ex rel. Moldex-Metric v. 3M Company, case number 3:16-cv-1533-MBS (DSC). (Note: I grabbed a photo of the earplug type from the 3M website, but the photo above may not be exactly the same earplug variant.)

READ MORE at DisabledVeterans.org

Contractor settles for $9.1 million after providing defective earplugs for servicemembers

A contractor has agreed to pay $9.1 million to the U.S. government for selling defective earplugs issued to thousands of servicemembers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2015.

Known as “selective attenuation earplugs,” 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs would “loosen in the wearers ear, imperceptibly to the wearer and even trained audiologists visually observing a wearer, thereby permitting damaging sounds to enter the ear canal by traveling around outside of the earplug,” according to the whistleblower lawsuit complaint, which was settled Thursday.

READ MORE at STARS AND STRIPES

Company to pay $9 million after allegedly selling defective combat earplugs to US military

A contracting company agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold the U.S. military defective earplugs.

The Minnesota-based 3M Company allegedly sold its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, to the Defense Logistics Agency without disclosing defects that decreased the actual effectiveness of the hearing protection the device offered.

READ MORE at Military Times

3M settles defective combat earplug case for $9.1 million

Without admitting liability, 3M Co. has agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle allegations that it supplied the U.S. military with defective earplugs, Department of Justice officials announced late Thursday.

READ MORE at StarTribune.com

Military Hearing Loss Claim Survey
Please fill out the survey to see if you could qualify for a claim or call 800-959-7686 to speak with a representative. This lawsuit is against 3M, not the U.S. government or armed services.

Did you or a loved one serve in the military?

Have you or a loved one ever used 3M’s/Aaero Technologies Dual-ended Combat Arms™ earplugs (Version 2 CAEv.2)?

Did you or your loved one suffer from or have you been diagnosed with hearing loss (partial or full) and/or tinnitus [ringing of the ears]?