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Defective Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs Issued to Service Members

Attention North Carolina veterans suffering from hearing loss:

defective earplug litigation for veteransIn July of 2018, 3M Company agreed to settle a federal whistleblower suit centering on fraud allegations connected with their sale of the Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the U.S. Department of Defense between 2003 and 2015.  These earplugs were worn by servicemen and servicewomen deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq during this time frame.  The allegations in the whistleblower suit detailed how the defendant’s employees manipulated the noise reduction rating testing in order to artificially meet or exceed the minimum requirements in the procurement request.

Unfortunately, service members utilizing these ear plugs were unwittingly exposed to dangerous and injurious sound levels which could permanently damage their inner ears.  These sound levels are known to cause: hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and hyperacusis (extreme sensitivity to sound).  The whistleblower case also alleged that the design defects in these plugs were known to 3M but were never disclosed to the U.S. Military. The case resolved for $9.1 million dollars.

earplug litigation in NCIf you, or a loved one have suffered from hearing loss, tinnitus, or hyperacusis, and were issued Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs during service in the military between 2003 and 2015, you may have a potential claim.  Please contact our North Carolina defective products attorneys toll free at 1-855-4NC-HURT (1-855-462-4878).  Or click here to send us your information and arrange a consultation.  Even if you live outside North Carolina, or were not stationed at Fort Bragg or Camp Lejeune, we may still be able to assist you.

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