May 28, 2021
In the second victory for 3M Combat Arms Earplug plaintiffs this month, a federal jury in Florida has awarded $ in damages to Heninger Garrison Davis’s (HGD) client. The jury awarded $ in punitive damages and $ in compensatory damages to our client. HGD’s trial team consisted of Lew Garrison, Chris Hood, Taylor Bartlett, and Jeanie Sleadd. We would also like to recognize our dedicated and hard-working staff members, including specifically Mary Ashton Jones and Lori Dent who have spent numerous hours on this case.
Typical victims in these cases are veterans between the ages of 30 and 49 who served in the U.S. Military and allege a combination of tinnitus and hearing loss caused by defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. The earplugs were manufactured and sold by 3M to all branches of the U.S. Military as well as commercially to vendors like Walmart. 3Ms dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs may have caused hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of our soldiers to suffer hearing loss and tinnitus. What’s worse is that 3M, who sold the earplugs to the US Department of Defense, knew about the design defect and knowingly put millions of service members at risk for hearing loss.
The verdicts in the first two 3M Earplug bellwether trials are significant. It takes great effort to get to trial in cases like these. If the plaintiffs continue winning these hearing damage cases, as our HGD lawyers expect, a global settlement could be forthcoming in the very near future.
The stakes for 3M and its victims are high. The MDL judge reported a mind-blowing 239,020 claimants registered in the MDL as of April 15, 2021. This is the biggest mass tort in American history. This litigation might lead to one of the largest settlements ever.
These cases are moving quickly. Our HGD 3M Combat Arms Earplug lawyers are excited about the verdicts and will continue to advocate for our clients. Our law firm is getting calls, web inquires, and emails from veterans with hearing issues seven days a week.
On April 30th, three earplug plaintiffs were awarded $7.1 million by a federal jury in Florida in the first bellwether trial. The jury awarded $2.1 million in punitive damages per victim. The third earplug trial is set for June 7th.