3M agrees to pay $6 billion to settle earplug lawsuits from U.S. service members

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The Associated PRess

NEW YORK (AP) – Chemical and consumer product manufacturer 3M has agreed to pay $6 billion to settle numerous lawsuits from U.S. service members who say they experienced hearing loss or other serious injuries from using earplugs made by the company.

Over recent years, hundreds of thousands of veterans and current service members have reportedly sued 3M and Aearo Technologies, a company that 3M acquired in 2008, over their Combat Arms Earplug products.

The service members alleged that a defective design allowed the products to loosen slightly and cause hearing damage, according to one of the law firms representing plaintiffs. In Tuesday’s announcement, 3M maintained that the agreement was not an admission of liability – and said the products are safe when used properly.

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8/29/2023 12:31:44 PM (GMT -5:00)

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