Judge Refuses To Delay 3M Bellwether After Plaintiff Switch

By Jonathan Capriel (July 30, 2021, 8:34 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge has refused to delay an upcoming bellwether trial in sprawling multidistrict litigation over allegedly faulty combat earplugs, saying 3M should be ready to face a new plaintiff after another dropped his case.

U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers on Wednesday rejected 3M's argument that the company would "suffer significant prejudice" if it was forced to face a Sept. 20 trial in a suit by the new plaintiff, Brandon Adkins, who claims he suffered hearing loss and bilateral tinnitus while using 3M's combat earplugs.

Another case, brought by Joseph Taylor, who made similar claims to Adkins', was set...

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