Product Liability

3M Lawsuit: Company Agrees to $6.01B to Settle Nearly 260k Claims

[KILLEEN, Texas 08/30/2023] —  As a result of persistent legal efforts from firms like The Carlson Law Firm, 3M has agreed to pay $6.01 billion to settle the ongoing 3M lawsuit.


The legal action against 3M Company alleged that the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs provided to the U.S. military between 2003-2015 were flawed, causing hearing loss and tinnitus in many service members.


The Carlson Law Firm’s Ruth Rizkalla, Partner, served on the Steering Committee for the 3M Lawsuit that helped reach the $6.01 billion settlement. 


“As a Veteran, it means a lot to myself and the service members on our team that our firm was able to aid in the fight to do what’s right for those harmed by 3M’s negligence,” said Managing Partner Craig Carlson. “This has been a long fight, but we’re glad to see it come to an end and our clients get the money they so deserve.”


As one of the largest Veteran-owned and operated law firms in the country, The Carlson Law Firm has been at the forefront of this legal battle, representing thousands of affected veterans and active-duty members in pursuing their claims—with several being from the Central Texas area.


The settlement ensures that qualifying claimants who have suffered hearing damage while using the Combat Arms Earplugs during their service will be appropriately compensated. In addition to individual compensation, 3M has committed to contributing to charities that aid veterans experiencing hearing loss or tinnitus.


“This is one of the largest settlements in history, and it speaks volumes about the importance of product safety, especially for our nation’s bravest,” said Carlson. “Our commitment to justice for our service members remains unshakable. We are proud to have played a role in bringing about this resolution.”


Are You Still Looking for a 3M Lawsuit Lawyer?

If you or someone you know served in the military between 2003-2015 and experienced hearing issues you believe are linked to the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, we encourage you to contact our dedicated claims team at 800-359-5690 as soon as possible. Because a settlement has been reached, the window of time to file a claim in the 3M lawsuit is closing. As such, The Carlson Law Firm will no longer be accepting 3M clients after September 8, 2023 at 5 p.m. Please contact us as soon as possible and have your DD-214 ready.


We thank all parties for their time and commitment to resolving this significant issue fairly and equitably.




About The Carlson Law Firm:

The Carlson Law Firm has been representing and protecting clients in Texas and nationwide since 1976. We have a well-earned reputation for providing aggressive and high-quality representation to victims of personal injury and product liability, among other practice areas.


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The Carlson Law Firm

The Carlson Law Firm has been representing and protecting clients in Texas and across the nation since 1976. During this time, we have built a reputation for success and have received numerous awards. Our firm is committed to delivering exceptional service and representation but more importantly, we provide you with an experienced team that has your back, one-hundred percent.

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