For over a decade, the 3M company produced a combat earplug which they allegedly knew was not long enough to form a seal inside the ear. Many servicepersons now have hearing loss, ear pain, or a ringing of the ears. When the U.S. Department of Justice investigated 3M combat earplugs, the 3M Company agreed to pay $9 million in fines for knowingly selling a defective product.
Defective Product Protections Under the Law
Knowingly selling a defective product is illegal under the False Claims Act, a Civil War law made to stop opportunists from selling rotten food and broken weapons to Union soldiers. In this case, the most important part about this law is the “qui tam” provision. This piece of legislation allows citizens to sue on behalf of the government to get a piece of the settlement.
As a result, individual veterans impacted by 3M earplugs can now file lawsuits against the company for their part in manufacturing and selling a defective product. While the 3M Company only paid the government a few million dollars, hundreds of veterans impacted by hearing loss and other hearing-related ailments are filing lawsuits.
Understanding 3M Earplugs Lawsuit Eligibility
Before you have a 3M defective earplugs lawsuit, you must meet each of the following conditions.
1. You must have served in the U.S. armed forces at some point between 2003 and 2015. All military branches are applicable, including the coast guard.
2. While in the military, you were issued and used the black and yellow double-sided 3M combat earplugs.
3. You now have hearing-relating ailments such as hearing loss or tinnitus.
If you meet these three criteria, you may be eligible for financial compensation to assist with pain and suffering and medical bills. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to review your 3M defective earplugs lawsuit, please don’t hesitate to send us an email or call 404-566-9460 .