Army Sergeant Wins $13M Damages In 3M Earplug Trial

By Carolina Bolado (November 15, 2021, 10:06 PM EST) -- A Florida federal jury on Monday held 3M liable for an Army sergeant's hearing loss from faulty combat earplugs, awarding him more than $13 million — the largest amount so far — in the latest bellwether trial in military members' mass litigation over the earplugs.

A Tallahassee jury awarded U.S. Army Sgt. Guillermo Camarillorazo $816,395 in compensatory damages and $12.245 million in punitive damages, marking it the largest win so far for one of the roughly 250,000 plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation over damage allegedly stemming from the CAEv2 earplugs made by Aearo Technologies LLC, a company that 3M acquired.

"A majority of juries have...

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