3M Military Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit

3M Military Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit

 In July 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice announced 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle a Whistleblower False Claims Act suit accusing 3M of knowingly selling defective earplugs to the U.S. military.

The settlement, filed in South Carolina federal court, was based upon allegations that 3M and its predecessor Aearo Technologies Inc. sold its Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the Defense Logistics Agency knowing they were too short to be properly inserted into a user’s ears.

The defective earplugs are dual-ended and can be used either as traditional earplugs or can be flipped into an “open” position to attenuate explosion sounds while still letting through quieter noises. The plugs gradually loosen and failed to properly reduce loud noises.

The U.S. Department of Justice alleged that 3M/Aearo knew about the design problems as early as 2000 when it completed testing of the earplugs.

3M prevented other companies from selling more effective competing products. 3M sued their competitors Moldx-Metrix Battle Plugs for patent infringement and lost. Moldx-Metrix Battle Plugs are now being purchased by the military.

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