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The War on 3M: Veterans’ Legal Battle for Justice

Tinnitus, hearing loss, and vertigo are just three of the symptoms reported by military veterans after using a pair of defective military earplugs during service. A class action lawsuit was filed against the company 3M, makers of the defective earplug.

The earplug in question was model CAEv2, which was discovered to have been too short to fit properly into the ear canal, easily coming loose during combat and therefore allowing sound into the soldiers’ eardrums, failing to protect their hearing in the midst of harsh noises such as gunfire, bomb explosions, and aircraft flight. Chronic debilitating hearing issues have been the result for hundreds of service members.

The Department of Justice has reported that 3M and its predecessor, Aero Technologies, Inc., knew the earplugs were defective but sold them to Defense Logistics Agency without making the defects known. The allegations were first brought to light under the False Claims Act act by a whistleblower will receive $1,911,000 while 3M will pay $9.1 million to resolve the allegations.

The Department of Justice reports that Robert E. Craig, Special Agent in Charge of The Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the unit working on the case, states “this settlement demonstrates the commitment of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and our law enforcement partners to hold companies accountable for supplying substandard products, in particular products that could directly impact our service members’ health and welfare. DCIS protects the integrity of Defense Department programs by rooting out fraud, waste, and abuse that negatively affect the wellbeing of our troops.”

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Free Lunch & Learn

Veterans & Active-Duty Service Members

Williams Law Group is pleased to offer a Lunch and Learn Seminar in the Fort Benning / Columbus / Phenix City area.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Audiologist Gordon Stanfield, Ph.D. will be the firm’s featured speaker presenting on:

  • The human hearing mechanism
  • Noise exposure dynamics and how it causes damage to auditory function
  • Hearing loss, Tinnitus, and the cognitive correlation
  • Incremental additional hearing loss from presbycusis or age-related hearing loss
  • And, other health ramifications of hearing loss

An attorney update on the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Case will also be provided.

Lunch will be provided.

If you used these dual-sided earplugs and believe you have hearing loss or tinnitus, please call for more information on this complimentary Lunch and Learn seminar which will present information on hearing loss, tinnitus and the military earplugs case.

If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of the 3M defective earplugs, contact Williams Law Group by visiting or calling 228-761-6737 now so we can help you file your claim today.