From 2003-2015, 3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2) were standard issue to millions of American servicemen and women. These earplugs are defective and failed to provide proper hearing protection, resulting in hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
On July 26, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that 3M “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.” 3M pays $9.1 Million For Defective Earplugs .
DOJ achieved this settlement with 3M through enforcement of the False Claims Act, which allows the federal government to recover taxpayer dollars lost to fraud and abuse. The DOJ settlement DOES NOT compensate servicemen and women for hearing loss and tinnitus caused by these defective earplugs.
To receive compensation for hearing loss and tinnitus caused by 3M’s defective earplugs, servicemen and women must file individual claims. If you served during any time from 2003-2015, used earplugs like the dual-ended earplugs pictured above, and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, contact us toll free at (877) 704-7674 for a free consultation regarding your legal rights.
In return for risking your life for the rest of us, you trusted military contractors to provide you with the best equipment and technology. 3M breached that trust for 13 years by supplying defective earplugs and doing nothing to correct that defect. Let us help you make 3M pay for the damages caused by its breach of trust.