Cases3M Military Earplug Faulty Hearing Protection Class Action Lawsuit

January 23, 2019
Our law firm is investigating potential claims on behalf of US Military Servicemembers that were deployed with 3m hearing protection.

If you served in the US military and were issued 3M earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation,
Call 1-800-934-2921 or complete the form on this page for a free consultation.

Our law firm is investigating potential claims on behalf of US Military Servicemembers that were deployed with 3M hearing protection. According to a lawsuit filed by the US government, the 3M standard issue US Military earplugs, formally known as  “DualEended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2),” were defective and did not provide proper hearing protection to US Servicemembers. As a result, affected servicemembers may be eligible for compensation. If you are a US Military Servicemember that was deployed with 3M earplugs, contact our law firm to protect your rights.

The United States Department of Justice issued a press release to address the results of litigation against the 3M Company (3M) for allegedly committing fraud in relation to products sold to the military. In the lawsuit, United States ex rel. Moldex-Metric v. 3M Company, Case No. 3:16-cv-1533-MBS (D.S.C.), the government claimed that Aearo Technologies, Inc. and eventually the 3M Company knowingly sold defective military-grade earplugs to the United States’ Defense Logistics Agency for distribution to personnel. The lawsuit outlined that both companies withheld this information throughout the sales and contract finalization process and afterward until confronted by legal proceedings.

The DOJ’s Civil Division, Army Criminal Investigation Command, Defense Criminal Investigative Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina aided in bringing to light what a government official described as a “defective product” and “fraudulent conduct case.” After the allegations were made public, 3M agreed to pay a settlement of $9 million to the government. According to the Department of Justice, since the legal action originally came about because of the aid of an undisclosed whistleblower via the False Claims Act, the individual who originally filed the suit on behalf of the government would receive $1.9 million of the settlement.

The 3M military-grade earplugs product, described as “DualEended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2),” had a yellow end that allowed low-level adjustable sound transference to the ear drum. The earplugs were allegedly manufactured though at a length that only appropriately fit the ears of certain types of people. As a result, the earplugs could slowly loosen within the ear canal, allow loud sounds to be heard during combat and other scenarios that involved extremely loud noise levels and potentially cause hearing damage.

As part of the settlement agreement, the government agreed to not force any claim of liability on the manufacturer or confirm the legitimacy of the allegations. The Civil Division’s Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler noted at the time that the Department of Justice was “committed” to safeguarding military personnel from this type of situation and warned that government contractors who sought profits over the protection of military personnel were guaranteed to “face appropriate consequences.”

Aearo Technologies, Inc., which designs energy-absorbing and personal protection products, was acquired by 3M in 2007 for $1.2 billion. 3M Company, with headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, manufactures and sells a wide range of residential, commercial, construction, government and military products.

3M Military Earplug Class Action Lawsuit

If you were in the US military and issued 3M earplugs, complete the form on this page or call 1-800-934-2921 right now to protect your rights.