Manufacturing Company 3M Faces Multidistrict Litigation for Defective CAEv2 Military Earplugs
The battle against the manufacturing company 3M persists as the number of cases filed against them continues to rise. This past July, 3M paid a settlement of $9.1 million after they knowingly sold millions of defective earplugs to the United States military. Due to the company’s negligence, thousands of veterans who were on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015 suffered from hearing impairments.
The Combat Arms Earplug Version 2 (CAEv2) had a dual-ended design that was supposed to protect active military members from hearing loss and tinnitus when they were close to explosion, gunshots, and other loud noises during combat. However, 3M failed to report that the earplugs had a tendency to loosen during use, essentially making them ineffective. It has since been found that 3M falsified test results in order to keep their million dollar contract with the United States Department of Justice.
The MDL 3M Case
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) occurs when federal civil cases from around the country are transferred to one court. This typically happens when hundreds of civil cases are filed against the same party, or if they are prompted by similar occurrences. By transferring all the cases to one court, resources and time are conserved and more consistent court rulings are generally given.
Judge Casey Rogers will be overseeing all the lawsuits brought against 3M by US military veterans. Currently, over 600 cases have been transferred to the Northern District of Florida for Judge Rogers’ consideration, who is familiar with these types of cases. Recently, she has overseen roughly 2,000 product liability claims against the pharmaceutical company Abilify for an antipsychotic drug they produced.
Understanding Rights After a Product Malfunctions
If you were on active duty from 2003-2015 and are suffering from a hearing impairment due to 3M’s faulty earplugs, contact a lawyer at Whitley Law as soon as possible. We believe that our veterans have a right to seek justice against this company, as well as against any company that behaves in negligent practices. To schedule a consultation, do not hesitate to reach out.