3M Dual Sided Combat Arms Ear Plugs Claims
3M Dual Sided Combat Arms earplugs were designed to protect members of the Armed Forces against hearing loss due to gunfire, ordinance, explosions, planes and other loud noises encountered in the line of duty.
Between 2003 and 2015, 3m Dual Sided Combat Arms earplugs were designed and distributed to active duty military members to protect and safeguard the hearing and ear health of our nation’s bravest men and women who served in the military. 3m Dual Sided Combat Arms earplugs were the standard in hearing protection for every branch of the US military.
Recently, there are allegations that the design of the earplugs was defective because it failed to properly safeguard the ear during use. These earplugs were originally designed and produced by Aero Technologies. The 3M Corporation later purchased Aero Technologies.
3M earplugs were designed with a dual sided hearing protection allowing for one side to provide noise dampening with the ability to hold a conversation. The other side was designed to provide increased noise cancelling. However, due to a defect in the design of the earplugs and/or a failure to warn of the defect, the hearing of both active duty and retired military personnel has been permanently compromised.
If you are an active duty service member or veteran who has suffered from partial/total hearing loss in one or both ears and/or tinnitus due to the use Combat Arms Earplugs allow Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq to navigate your path to justice.
Do I have a claim for use of 3M Dual Sided Combat Arms Ear Plugs?
There are some necessary components that make you eligible to file a 3M Combat Arms Ear Plugs claim and obtain the compensation you deserve. You must have:
- Served in the US Military between 2003 and 2015
- Must have used military issued 3m Dual Sided Combat Arms earplugs during your service
- Must have been diagnosed with hearing loss in one or both ears
- Must have been diagnosed with tinnitus in one or both ears
US Government’s lawsuit over 3M Dual Sided Combat Arms Ear Plugs
In 2003, the Federal government entered into a contract with Aero Technologies to supply Dual Sided Combat Arms earplugs to active duty military in all branches of service. Aero Technologies certified their Combat Arms Earplugs would work as designed to protect active duty military against hearing loss.
In a lawsuit filed by the US Justice Department, Aero Technologies and the 3M Corporation were alleged to have had knowledge of the design defect in the Combat Arms Earplugs and failed to notify the government of the defect. The Justice Department’s claim was brought against the 3M Corporation under The Federal False Claims Act that allows for both civil and criminal penalties for falsely billing the government, over representing the amount of a delivered product, or understating an obligation to the government.
In July 2018, the 3M Corporation agreed to pay out $9.1 million to the US government to settle allegations that they had knowingly sold defective Dual Sided Combat Arms to the US military.
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