3M Co (MMM.N) on Friday won a lawsuit in which it was accused of covering up design flaws in earplugs used by the military, following a recent loss in a similar case among nearly 230,000 claims against the company.
The Florida lawsuit is the second to respond to allegations that 3M concealed design flaws, falsified test results, and failed to instruct the military on the proper use of the earplugs, which were used by the army between 2007 and 2013.
Both decisions relate to “benchmark” cases, where the parties select a set of cases from among the thousands pending to test the strength and weakness of the claims. The next such trial begins on June 7.
3M has stated that it will continue to defend itself in future trials, adding that “its Combat Arms Earplug Version 2 product is and has always been safe and effective to use”.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys Bryan Aylstock and Christopher Seeger said in a statement, “We continue to believe that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that 3M knew their CAEv2 earplugs were faulty, but allowed our military who counted on them for their hearing protection to suffer from preventable hearing loss and tinnitus. “
In April, three veterans who accused the company of covering up design flaws in its earplugs were awarded $ 2.1 million each in punitive damages and a total of $ 830,500 in damages. compensatory interest for their medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. Read more
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