Minnesota-based manufacturer 3M Company recently agreed to pay the U.S. Government $9.1 million to settle allegations that it knowingly sold defective combat ear plugs to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that limited the effectiveness of the hearing protection products.

The defective earplugs were issued to thousands of service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2015.

Who was affected?

Military personnel across several branches who served tours in the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom between the years of 2003 and 2015 may have been part of the affected population. It is estimated that one pair of 3M earplugs was given for each deployed soldier during this time, up to 2.2 million. An estimated 1.5 million U.S. military service members used the earplugs.

If you or a loved one suffered hearing loss and/or tinnitus as current and former Army, Navy, Air Force, and Reserves personnel, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Cowan & Hilgeman Law today at (937) 222-2030 to speak with an attorney now. 


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