June 10, 2019

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

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, this evidence could tie 3M earplugs to causing hearing complications in thousands of U.S. military members between 2003 to 2015.

As of June 5th, 2019, over 800 lawsuits pend in U.S. courts against corporate giant 3M for allegedly distributing faulty earplugs to the U.S. military. Each of these lawsuits raise similar allegations that the earplugs contributed to the hearing loss and tinnitus of American soldiers both in the U.S. and abroad. Many of the plaintiffs claim 3M knew the earplugs contained harmful defects when they supplied them to the military, but intentionally neglected to inform the military about the product flaws. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) decided to consolidate and centralize the claims for pretrial proceedings in the Northern District of Florida. This action is meant to serve as a convenience to all parties involved and to prevent the presentation of redundant case information.

U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers, who presides over the 3M MDL, issued an order June 4th, 2019 rescheduling the “Science Day” for Monday, August 26, 2019. Before the new “Science Day”, the parties have been ordered to discuss the parameters of the presentations, topics to be discussed, scope of each subject, etc. They must submit a joint agenda for the presentations by August 5th. Since this is a complex product liability litigation, scheduling scientific presentations like this early in the litigation process is common and helps the court establish a foundation in the issues of the case before going into trials. Those closely following the MDL’s development feel the presentations will likely focus on the correlation between hearing complications and the earplug design, a design notable for its identifiable, dual-ended feature.

Recent Posts

22 People Hospitalized from Vaping-Linked Breathing Issues, but Doctors Unsure of Why

Nearly two dozen people have been hospitalized in the Midwest with serious breathing difficulties linked to vaping. However, doctors can’t pinpoint the answer why. NBC News reports doctors are struggling to identify what the patients—mostly young adults—inhaled or used as a vaping device. Additionally, medical officers have not been able to identify where patients purchased […]

Read More
FDA Vaping Seizures Investigation Uncovers 127 Cases Over Last Decade

Federal investigators discovered far more reports of seizures linked to vaping e-cigarettes than originally anticipated. On August 7, the FDA issued a press release stating their scientific investigation uncovered 127 reports of seizures linked to vaping electronic cigarettes. This number far surpasses the original number of 35 reports since 2010. The FDA launched their investigation […]

Read More
Report of $8 Billion Roundup Settlement Dismissed by Bayer Mediator

The attorney in charge of mediating the Roundup weedkiller litigation in the United States rejected reports of Bayer AG paying $8 billion to settle all Roundup weedkiller claims in the US. “Such a statement is pure fiction,” Feinberg asserted in an email on Friday. “Compensation has not even been discussed in the global mediation discussions.” […]

Read More

Contact Us Today!

1. We're on Your Side

2. We're Available 24/7

3. No Fees Unless You Win
ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT: Not available in all states, Andrew Van Arsdale, supervising attorney is licensed only in California and Nevada, but associates with attorneys throughout the country, Principal office: 3667 Voltaire Street, San Diego, California 92106. 

Consult a doctor on all medical decisions. Do not stop taking a prescribed medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor's advice can result in injury or death. No representation is made that the quality of the legal services performed is greater than the quality of the legal services performed by other lawyers. AVA Law Group, Inc. not accepting cases in states where this advertising conflicts with laws or state rules. Legal representation is not offered or available in Tennessee. While AVA Law Group, Inc. maintains joint responsibility, most cases are referred to other attorneys for principal responsibility.
© Copyright 2019 
Privacy PolicyTerms of Use
twitter-squarefacebook-squarephoneyoutube-playenvelopephone-handsetmap-marker