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3M, Veterans Spar Over Effect of Earplug Maker’s Bankruptcy Bid

Aug. 8, 2022, 8:56 PM

The federal court overseeing vast litigation against 3M Co. and its Aearo Technologies LLC subsidiary over allegedly ineffective combat earplugs will quickly address arguments that the service members’ suits should continue against 3M despite Aearo’s bankruptcy filing.

More than 290,000 product liability lawsuits filed against 3M and Aearo by service members claiming the earplugs failed to protect them from harm have been consolidated for pre-trial litigation in a Pensacola, Fla., federal court.

Judge M. Casey Rodgers of the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida said Aug. 5 that she would conduct a hearing within a week to ...