Do I qualify as a plaintiff in this matter?

Answer: If you are a U.S. Active Duty Personnel or Veteran who: (1) Used 3M Dual Combat Arms Earplugs, (2) Served between the years of 2002 and 2016, and (3) struggle with hearing loss and/or tinnitus, you preliminary qualify.

Please fill out our free and quick case evaluation to confirm your eligibility. This is found under our "See if You Qualify" section of the site.

Does this process cost me money?

Answer: Assuming you qualify as a plaintiff in the lawsuit against 3M, no. The entire process is completely free. If the case is successful, you will receive compensation. If the case is unsuccessful, you owe us nothing.

If I claimed tinnitus on my VA form but received a 0%, can I no longer apply to be a plaintiff?

Answer: No, you may absolutely still apply. Despite the VA not approving your claim originally, you may still in fact suffer from tinnitus.

What is the cause of action against 3M Company in this matter?

Answer: After contracting with the United States Federal Government to manufacture hearing protection devices for the armed forces in the early 2000s, 3M Company designed the Dual Combat Arms Earplugs, Volume 2 (CAEv2). CAEv2 was specifically designed to make it easier for soldiers to hear in a variety of circumstances. However, the insertion stem on the CAEv2 was manufactured too short to fit into one's ear and thus did not function properly. 3M Company allegedly knew of this defect but failed to disclose and continued to sell to the Federal Government. As a result, millions of U.S. Active Duty Personnel and Veterans now suffer from hearing loss and/or tinnitus.

What is tinnitus?

Answer: Tinnitus is defined as a sensation of noise (such as a ringing or roaring) that is typically caused by a bodily condition (such as a disturbance of the auditory nerve or wax in the ear) and usually is of the subjective form which can only be heard by the one affected. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Identified sources are gunfire, explosions and artillery, and military planes and hospitals.

What kind of lawsuit will I be joining if I qualify as a plaintiff?

Answer: If you are eligible to be a plaintiff in this case, you will be joining a mass tort lawsuit against 3M Company. Do not be mistaken as this is different from a class action suit. Though there will be hundreds of other plaintiffs alongside you, each plaintiff will individually decide whether to settle his or her case or go to trial.

What happened with the lawsuit between 3M and the Department of Justice?

Answer: At the start of 2019, 3M Company and the United States Federal Government reached a $9.1 million settlement over the Government's allegations that 3M violated the False Claims Act. In short, the False Claims Act imposes liability on an actor who defrauds the Government's programs. The Government alleged that 3M knew and failed to disclose to it and its armed forces that the CAEv2 earplugs were defective.

How do I sign up?

Answer: To determine your eligibility, it is quite straightforward. Go to our "See If You Qualify" section of this website and take our free and quick case evaluation.