The hearing protection that was issued was defective and may have caused your hearing problems. You may be entitled to compensation.
In the 13 years between 2002 and 2015, members of the military were issued defective ear plugs - 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) found that these earplugs were defective. They were too short to properly fit in the ear. Their use could lead to hearing loss, tinnitus, and hearing impairment.
3M, the Minnesota-based manufacturer of these earplugs, set aside $9.1 million to resolve these allegations. While the company admitted no wrongdoing, it did knowingly sell defective earplugs to the military. The earplugs, Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, were standard issue for combatants in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2002 and 2015.
Service members who served between 2002 and 2015 and were issued the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs may be entitled to significant compensation.
Please complete the NO OBLIGATION form on this page to see if you qualify.
3M Combat Arms Earplugs Settlement: A Summary
In July of 2018, the Department of Justice reached a settlement with 3M with regard to the sale of defective earplugs to the military. The allegations were that 3M violated the False Claims Act by selling or causing to be sold defective products.
The DOJ pursued 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., alleging that the companies knew that the Dual-Ended Arms Earplugs Version 2 were too short to properly insert into the user’s ear canal properly. This caused the earplug to come loose without the user’s knowledge, resulting in hearing loss.
During the 1990’s, Aearo Technologies manufactured the Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs. The company was aware as early as 2000, according to DOJ documents that the earplugs were defective. In spite of this, the firm became the exclusive provider of earplugs to the military, a contract that continued after 3M’s acquisition of the Aearo in 2008.
The allegation in the DOJ documents state that 3M didn’t disclose the failure of these earplugs throughout the time of the contract.