3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 or CAEv.2, are small, dual ended earplugs that were designed with the specific purpose of providing service members a single set of earplugs that provided two options for hearing attenuation depending on how they were worn. One end is “closed” and is supposed to function as a traditional earplug to block sounds out completely. The other end is “open” and designed to dampen the sounds of explosions on the battlefield, while still allowing the wearer to be able to communicate and hear commands. 3M marketed the earplugs as a solution to protecting soldiers’ hearing while still allowing them to perform necessary duties on the battlefield. Due to the supposed technologically advanced design and quality of the Combat Arms Earplugs, 3M won a series of Indefinite-Quantity Contracts (“IQCs”) making the company the exclusive supplier of selective attenuation earplugs to the U.S. military between 2003 and 2012. Accordingly, it is estimated that the U.S. military purchased enough Combat Arms Earplugs to outfit every service member deployed each year in major foreign engagements from 2003 through 2015.
On April 4, 2019, the JPML consolidated 643 cases from 34 federal courts across the country, into a multidistrict litigation centralized in the Northern District of Florida under Judge M. Casey Rodgers. The plaintiffs all similarly alleged that they have sustained injuries from using the Combat Arms Earplugs during military service. Common injuries include unilateral and bilateral hearing loss and tinnitus (perception of noise or ringing in the ears). Plaintiffs argued that the earplugs did not work as intended and formed an improper seal within the ear canal, failing to block out chronic loud noises. The MDL is currently in discovery. The suit is: In re 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation MDL No.: 2885 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
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