Today the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation entered an order
creating a multidistrict litigation docket for claims relating to 3M’s
defective Dual-Ended Combat Earplugs. All litigation against 3M for their
defective earplugs will be sent to the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of Florida before the Honorable M. Casey Rodgers.
What Is Multidistrict Litigation?
When multiple lawsuits share common questions of fact, federal law grants
authority to its courts to consolidate those lawsuits into a single action
for the purpose of avoiding strain on the federal court system by promoting
judicial efficiency. Consolidation helps save time and money for the parties
by eliminating what would otherwise be redundant procedures if each claim
were litigated separately.
Ineffective Defects of 3M’s Combat Earplugs
Between 2003 and 2015, 3M allegedly manufactured defective combat earplugs
which were issued to thousands of service members, including those deployed
to Iraq and Afghanistan. The earplug’s design allegedly made it
ineffective at protecting the user’s ear from damage and subsequent
hearing loss caused by the extreme loudness of munitions discharge and
Recently, 3M agreed to pay the U.S. Government $9.1M to settle allegations
that it knowingly sold defective combat earplugs to the U.S. military
without disclosing information about its defects. Not long after news
of the settlement reached the public, lawsuits from service members and
veterans soon followed.
You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Your Chance for Justice
Current and former military service members who served at any point between
2003 to 2015 might be entitled to compensation from 3M if they have suffered
hearing loss or tinnitus. Contact us immediately for a no-cost review
of your potential claims. Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. regularly represents
members of the armed forces and is thoroughly investigating these claims
Contact Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.
to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.