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March 27th, 2019
Among the many risks U.S. military personnel face during their service, hearing loss is one of the most common. For that reason, the government provides earplugs to servicemen and women to help protect their ears from loud noises during combat or training exercises. Between 2003-2015, 3M Company sold a particular earplug model called the 3M Combat Arms, Version 2, to the U.S. Government—but the earplugs didn’t offer the protection their manufacturers claimed they would.
The two-sided Combat Arms provide dual functionality. When inserted into the ear in one direction, they are intended to block all sound. When inserted in the other direction, they allow the wearer to hear commands from friendly soldiers and approaching enemy combatants. The two sides are connected by a central stem that is too short, preventing the earplugs from providing proper protection.
Despite the company’s contract with the U.S. Government, 3M failed to disclose known defects that decrease the earplugs’ effectiveness. The U.S. Government brought these allegations against 3M under the False Claims Act, resulting in 3M paying a $9.1 million settlement in February 2019.
At Dudley DeBosier, we are grateful for the service of the men and women who protect our country. If you or your loved one served in the military between 2003-2015 and suffered hearing problems, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. We don’t think it’s fair when big manufacturing companies put their profits above the safety of consumers, and we’re prepared to hold them accountable for their negligence.
Whether you were harmed by defective earplugs or another dangerous product, the defective product attorneys at Dudley DeBosier want to help you protect your rights. Don’t go it alone after an injury in Louisiana—get Dudley DeBosier on your side, and let us put our experience to work for you. Contact us today for a free case review.