3M Faulty Earplugs Veterans Lawsuit Summary Judgment Will Determine If MMM Is Liable For Damages 

The group of veterans pursuing lawsuits over hearing injuries linked with 3M Combat Arms earplugs, filed a motion for summary judgment last week. The summary judgment is requesting that the US District Judge in charge of the litigation establish that 3M is in fact responsible for the problems caused by the earplugs.

The litigation, which started back in 2018, after a whistle-blower filed a lawsuit against 3M revealing allegations that 3M and its subsidiary, Aearo Technologies, had knowingly sold defective dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs to the United States Military.

The new summary judgment comes after 3M’s subsidiary, Aearo Technologies filed for bankruptcy and claimed responsibility for the faulty devices.

The motion for summary judgment was filed on 4 October and said: “The Wave 1 Remand Plaintiffs respectfully move for summary judgment on 3M Company’s arguments and defences that it is anything but fully and independently liable for all CAEv2-related injuries, whether incurred before or after the 2008 Aearo Defendant acquisition.”

In 2018, the residents of Kent County filed a lawsuit alleging that 3M had manufactured a PFAS-based water-repellent chemical, known as Scotchgard.

Now 3M has a list of lawsuits to add to the ride of disasters, how it manages the earplugs scandal will certainly guide its next chapter and whether it ultimately must file for bankruptcy.

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