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Did you know? Hearing problems are the most common service-connected disabilities for men and women in the US armed forces. Aearo Technologies Inc. and 3M Company supplied the United States military with dual-ended combat arms earplugs from 2003 to 2015. Thousands of soldiers received dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs, especially those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s.
Later it was identified that this 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2) caused hearing loss and tinnitus to the veterans who used it. 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. According to Military Times, hundreds of veterans have filed hearing loss and tinnitus lawsuits against 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs.
The Department of Justice announced that the 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.”
The lawsuit under the False Claims Act alleged that 3M sold the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 was supplied to the US military despite knowing that the products were defective and could lead to injury. Failure to disclose defects, failure to issue proper warnings & instructions, and fraudulent testing & marketing are the different negligent actions filed against 3M. Hundreds of vets are suing over these defective Combat Arms Earplugs and getting financial compensation.
If you have developed hearing loss or tinnitus after using these defective earplugs, you may qualify for a Lawsuit. Medicalclassaction.net will help you file the lawsuit and check your eligibility. Submit your information now for a free eligibility review. Go to the website and fill in the short form and get your compensation for your loss & suffering.