In 2003 the US military ordered The Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) from Aearo Technologies. In 2008 3M acquired Aearo Technologies. Over the years between 2003 and 2015 3M supplied a maximum of 2.2 million earplugs to the US military, to use in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2016 a Whistleblower lawsuit is filed under the “False Claims Act” by a competing Ear Plug manufacturer Moldex Metric Inc. The complaint alleged that 3M and Aearo Technologies both knew the Earplugs where defective and they even set up fraud testing to comply with the US military standard.

Following the lawsuit, many U.S. military service members came forward and demanded justice and compensation for tinnitus and hearing loss that they had to experience.

Although testing conducted by 3M found that the earplugs were defective, the company falsified certification stating that the testing complied with military standards, according to the lawsuit…. Now hundreds of veterans are filing lawsuits against the company that manufactured and sold defective combat earplugs to the military.

People who are more likely to be entitled to compensation:

  • Have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015,
  • Used 3M dual-ended Combat Arm Ear Plugs, and
  • Have been diagnosed by a healthcare provider with hearing loss or tinnitus.

Our firm is now accepting requests for claim evaluation from people affected by this allegedly defective product. If you know anyone who may want to speak to us about their hearing issues due to 3M earplugs – please have them email evaluations@westcoastlitigation.com or call 619.233.7770.