3M earplug cases sent to state court as federal bellwether dropped
3M Co has lost the latest in a series of bids to move lawsuits alleging that its combat earplugs caused hearing damages from Minnesota state court to federal court, which would have cleared the way for them to be sent to multidistrict litigation in Florida.
U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in Minneapolis on Thursday ruled that he lacked jurisdiction over eight lawsuits, including dozens of plaintiffs, rejecting 3M’s arguments that its status as a U.S. military contractor allowed it to raise federal law defenses.
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