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3M’s Faulty Earplugs Led to Soldiers’ Hearing Loss, Suits Say (1)

Jan. 28, 2019, 5:50 PMUpdated: Jan. 28, 2019, 8:23 PM

3M Co. sold the U.S. military defective earplugs that didn’t adequately protect combat soldiers’ hearing, several Army veterans allege in newly filed suits.

A Jan. 25 complaint is the latest of a wave of product liability litigation linking the earplugs to military members’ hearing loss.

And this isn’t the first time 3M has been sued over its protective devices, with a big award handed down last year over allegedly faulty respirators.

A whistlelower suit over the earplugs also resulted in a multimillion dollar settlement.

Here, Michael Larkin alleges he developed tinnitus and hearing loss from using dual-ended Combat Arms ...