3M Hit With $7.1M Verdict In Earplug MDL Bellwether Trial

By Cara Salvatore (April 30, 2021, 9:39 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal jury hit 3M with a $7.1 million verdict Friday, most of it punitive damages, in the first bellwether trial in a massive multidistrict litigation involving military members' claims that their hearing was irreparably harmed because the company's combat earplugs didn't work.

3M is facing more than $7 million in damages after a jury sided with former servicemembers who said their hearing was damaged as a result of the company's combat earplugs. (iStock) The jury in Pensacola agreed with three former servicemembers who said 3M and a predecessor, Aearo LLC, supplied combat arms earplugs called CAEv2s that failed to protect against...

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