In July of 2018, 3M paid $9.1 million to resolve claims that it supplied the United States military with defective dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs. While 3M did not admit to its wrongdoing, the claims it paid $9.1M to settle alleged that their earplugs were defective and that 3M engaged in fraudulent conduct that concealed the ineffectiveness of the earplugs and negatively affected the hearing and well being of U.S. troops.
The press release from the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs can be seen here:
Military Times’ coverage of the settlement can be viewed here:
The whistleblower that brought the suit received $1,911,000.
This money will not go to veterans and soldiers, however. Military service personnel who used these earplugs must file a civil lawsuit to be compensated for their injuries. Contact us for a free case evaluation.