Bloomberg Law
May 29, 2021, 2:32 PMUpdated: May 29, 2021, 5:18 PM

3M Wins Second Hearing-Loss Trial Over Military Earplugs (1)

Martina Barash
Martina Barash

3M Co. and its Aearo Technologies LLC subsidiary aren’t liable for a veteran’s hearing loss and tinnitus, a federal jury in Florida decided Friday night in the second test trial over the companies’ combat earplugs.

Dustin McCombs’ trial followed another in which three veterans got jury awards, including $2.1 million each in punitive damages, for hearing injuries they blamed on the Aearo Combat Arms version 2 earplugs. The combined amount totaled more than $7 million.

“We are pleased with today’s verdict and will continue to vigorously defend ourselves in upcoming trials,” 3M said in a statement emailed to Bloomberg ...

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