Jury rules against 3M in first trial over combat earplugs

1May 2021

3M Co. has lost the first trial over a line of military-grade earplugs that plaintiffs blamed for hearing loss. It faces hundreds of thousands of similar claims.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a Florida jury awarded three veterans $7.1 million in the case and found that Maplewood, Minnesota-based 3M failed to properly warn users about product defects.

The lawsuit was the first of many by veterans who used Combat Arms earplugs and claimed that they were made too short to fit properly after…

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