Service Members Seek Hearing On 3M Earplugs Site

By Emily Field (March 19, 2021, 5:53 PM EDT) -- Service members and veterans on Friday told the Florida federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective 3M earplugs that the multinational company posted a website about the product that could sway potential jurors.

The service members requested a hearing on the issue, saying 3M apparently paid to have the link to show up at the top of web searches for "Combat Arms Ear Plugs" and "earplugs websites." The first bellwether trial is scheduled to start on March 29, and juror questionnaires have already been sent out, the service members said.

Because this version of the earplugs was discontinued in...

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