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A whistleblower lawsuit brought by the federal government against Minnesota-based 3M alleged that the company knowingly supplied defective Combat Arms Earplugs to the U.S. military. The company is accused of violating the “False Claims Act” by selling the defective products, falsifying test results and not disclosing the design defect.
At some point in their careers, those serving in the military will be exposed to high-intensity noise levels. This is especially true for those who deploy to war zones. For this reason, combat soldiers need in-ear hearing protection. Between 2003-2015, there were more than 1.56 million active infantrymen deployed to U.S. war zones. This accounts for approximately 20 percent of the American military. Veteran affairs reports show that hearing loss and tinnitus rose dramatically between 2003-2015, peaking in 2012.
The lawsuits against 3M will be litigated as a mass tort. This means that people will need to file their own individual lawsuit; however, cases will likely be consolidated in front of a single judge. Having a qualified 3M earplug lawsuit attorney on your side building your case can make a difference in your recovery.