What To Watch As Trial Starts In Massive 3M Earplug MDL

Law360 (March 26, 2021, 7:27 PM EDT) -- 3M heads to trial Monday in Pensacola, Florida, federal court to defend itself for the first time against claims by military members who say their hearing was irreparably harmed when the company's earplugs didn't work.

During the trial, which is expected to last until the end of April, 3M will argue that, in fact, the earplugs do work. The company will also use the bellwether in the 230,000-claim MDL to claim that the design of the earplugs was influenced by the military's specific needs.

Here's a look at what to expect as the trial kicks off.

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