3M Co (M.N) was found to be liable Friday for hearing damage suffered by three U.S. military veterans who accused the company of concealing a design flaw in 3M bombing earplugs, which Faced with more than 200,000 similar claims.
The jury awarded each plaintiff $ 2.1million in punitive damages and a total of $ 830,500 to compensate for their medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
The company has been accused of hiding design flaws, silly test results and failing to direct soldiers to properly use earplugs used by the Army between 2007 and 2013.
The evidence is clear: 3M knows their earplugs are defective. But they left our service workers with these life-changing injuries, ”said attorneys Brian Islestock and Christopher Seeger’s statement.
3M said in a statement it did not believe the plaintiffs had the burden of proving that the plug was defective or was negligent design or the plug caused injury.The company said it believed there were several reasons for the appeal.
“We remain confident in our case and are ready to defend ourselves against plaintiffs allegations in the upcoming trial,” 3M said.
3M’s shares (TS.N) were down 1.4 percent after the verdict was trading at $ 196.22 on the New York Stock Exchange.
Most of 3M’s earplugs lawsuits are by military veterans aged 30 to 49.The lawsuit is the largest ever tortured in federal court.
The Florida “bellwether” trial, which included three prosecutions, was to test the strength of the evidence and assess the damages so that both sides could formulate a deal to resolve other cases.
The next hearing with earplugs will begin on May 17.About 240,000 service members have accused hearing damage from earplugs, and 3,349 have filed a lawsuit, according to the latest quarterly report. 3M
More than 1 million veterans have received compensation for their hearing loss, the leading service-related disability, according to government data in 2015.
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