Those who served our country and were injured by 3M’s wrongful conduct deserve justice. This is why the attorneys at Phipps Deacon Purnell are investigating cases from current or former personnel suffering from hearing loss across the United States. Phipps Deacon Purnell is located in San Antonio, Texas-
A recent settlement in a False Claims Act lawsuit brought against 3M by the U.S. government resolves allegations that 3M knowingly sold the Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs, Version 2 to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection. These earplugs did not protect servicemen and women as represented by the manufacturer and, as a result, caused hearing loss or tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ear) for some users. The problem was that the dual-ended earplugs were too short to be properly inserted into users’ ears. As a result, the earplugs could gradually loosen without the user noticing, potentially leading to hearing loss or damage.
3M’s Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs were found to have defects that decreased their effectiveness in protecting the hearing of the servicemen and women who used them. In a Department of Justice press release, acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Department’s Civil Division said,
“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the men and women serving in the United States military from defective products and fraudulent conduct. Government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our military will face appropriate consequences.”
If you or a loved one were active in the military any time from 2003 to 2015 and suffered hearing loss, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the earplug manufacturer. Please fill out our survey to see if you could qualify for a claim or call toll-free 1-833-I-HEAR-4-U (1-833-443-2748) to speak with our team.
Taking part in the 3M dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuit will not affect your disability benefits. This lawsuit is against 3M, not the U.S. government or any branch of the armed services.
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