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3M COMBAT ARMS EARPLUGS LITIGATION

 


GENERAL INFORMATION


 

OFFICIAL NAMES

  • MDL No. 2885
  • 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation

 

COURT LOCATION

  • United States District Court
    Northern District of Florida - Pensacola Division

 

MDL COURT

  • United States District Judge - Honorable M. Casey Rodgers
  • United States Magistrate Judge - Honorable Gary R. Jones
  • Judicial Assistant - Kathy Rock
  • Law Clerk - Tevenia Jacobs
  • Clerk of Court - Winston E. Arnow Federal Building
  • Courtroom Deputy - Susan Simms
  • MDL Coordinator, Clerk's Office - Donna Bjzik
  • Official Court Reporter - Donna Boland

 

3M EARPLUG LAWSUIT BACKGROUND

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Q: "What is a multidistrict litigation?"
    • A: "Multidistrict litigation is litigation pending in more than one federal district court involving common questions of fact. When such cases involve civil actions, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation may transfer them to any federal district court for coordinated and consolidated pretrial proceedings." - United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • Q: "Is this a class action lawsuit?"
    • A: "No, it is not a class action lawsuit. Although the legal theories are the same for each case, the individual damages differ. Therefore, it cannot be a class action. Each individual case will be evaluated based upon the exposure to the risk (how often plaintiffs wore the 3M earplugs) and the individual damage sustained (degree of hearing loss and tinnitus).
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CASE UPDATES

Litigation enters Tolling Agreement for 3M Earplug Lawsuits

According to a court order released August 26, the 3M earplug multidistrict litigation (MDL) has made significant developments, including entering into a tolling agreement for certain 3M earplug lawsuits. A tolling agreement is an agreement between both parties that they have waived the right to claim that a lawsuit should be dismissed because the statute […]

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Veteran Sues for Hearing Loss Caused by "Dangerously Defective" 3M Earplugs

Increasing numbers of U.S. military veterans are filing lawsuits against corporate giant 3M as soldiers discover hearing injuries tied to their use of 3M Combat Arms earplugs. One of the most recent, Army vet James C. Boyd, filed a lawsuit against 3M Company earlier last week. In the official complaint, Boyd states he sustained hearing […]

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Discovery Commences in 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Litigation

Via a pretrial order issued June 20, the U.S. District Judge presiding over the 3M dual-sided earplugs multidistrict litigation (MDL) opened up a time of discovery for parties involved. Discovery is used by parties to exchange information on common issues that may apply to many or all the claims involved in the multidistrict litigation. Active […]

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Attorneys to Lead Discovery, Pretrial Proceedings Appointed to 3M Earplug MDL

The U.S. District Judge presiding over the 3M Combat Arms earplugs multidistrict litigation (MDL) recently appointed 53 plaintiff’s attorneys for different leadership roles to represent all the interests of the plaintiffs in the litigation. Judge Casey Rodgers issued a pretrial order May 22, selecting attorneys for the following roles: Lead Counsel (1 attorney) Co-Lead Counsel […]

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Studies Linking 3M Earplugs to Hearing Loss Now to be Presented on “Science Day” in August

The U.S. District Judge presiding over the 3M Combat Arms earplugs litigation moved originally June-scheduled “Science Day” presentations to August. During the “Science Day”, parties will educate the court on scientific concerns that may be commonly brought up as evidence during the impending trials. While these presentations are meant to be solely educational, not adversarial, […]

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3M Military Earplug Federal MDL Allows Direct Filing of New Lawsuits

As of April 2019, new approved procedures allow for the direct filing of future cases brought forth U.S. veterans impacted by the 3M military earplug scandal. These lawsuits may be brought to the 3M military earplug federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) centralized in the Northern District of Florida for pretrial and coordinated discovery proceedings. Currently, about […]

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Veterans "Tortured" by Hearing Loss and Ringing Ears from 3M Earplugs

Manufacturing giant 3M finds itself in hot water as military veterans across the US fight back against the company, claiming 3M knowingly sold the military defective earplugs. In July the Justice Department settled a lawsuit with 3M in regards to the allegations that the Combat Arms Dual Sided earplugs possess “dangerous design defects” and 3M […]

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