3M Co (M.N) won a court case on Friday accused of concealing a design flaw of the military-used earplugs after a recent loss in a similar case amid nearly 230,000 claims against the company.
The Florida ruling was the second to address the allegations 3M hid design flaws, the result of a run-of-the-mill test and failed to instruct soldiers to properly use earplugs used by the Army between 2007 and 2013.
Both decisions are in “simultaneous” cases where both sides will select a series of cases out of thousands of pending cases to test the strength and weaknesses of the claims. The next hearing will begin on June 7.
3M says it will continue to defend itself in its next trial, adding that “Combat Arms Earplug Version 2 products are always safe and effective to use.”
Bryan Aylstock and Christopher Seeger, the plaintiffs’ attorneys, said in a statement. “We continue to believe the evidence is overwhelming that 3M knows their CAEv2 earplugs are defective. But also allow our service personnel who rely on hearing protection devices against preventable hearing loss and tinnitus. “
In April, three veterans who accused the company of concealing a design flaw in earplugs were awarded $ 2.1 million for punitive damages each and a total of $ 830,500 to compensate for their medical expenses. Income and pain and suffering Read more about studying in Pakistan
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