Seeger Weiss Announces Landmark $6+ Billion 3M Earplug Litigation Settlement

Today, Seeger Weiss founding partner Chris Seeger, who serves as co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in the 3M Combat Arms Earplug litigation, announced a landmark settlement worth more than $6B on behalf of servicemembers and veterans who suffered hearing injuries while using 3M earplugs. “This historic agreement represents a tremendous victory for the thousands of men and […]

August 29, 2023

Today, Seeger Weiss founding partner Chris Seeger, who serves as co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in the 3M Combat Arms Earplug litigation, announced a landmark settlement worth more than $6B on behalf of servicemembers and veterans who suffered hearing injuries while using 3M earplugs.

“This historic agreement represents a tremendous victory for the thousands of men and women who bravely served our country and returned home with life-altering hearing injuries,” said Seeger, along with plaintiffs’ lead counsel Bryan F. Aylstock. “We are proud to have obtained this settlement, which ensures that those who suffered hearing damage will receive the justice and compensation they so rightly deserve.”

The dedicated team at Seeger Weiss has been instrumental throughout the four-year legal battle against 3M. As co-lead counsel in the case, Chris Seeger played a crucial role in driving the litigation forward and negotiating the settlement agreement. Partner David Buchanan was appointed co-chair of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee and served as lead trial counsel for veteran client William Wayman and co-lead on the trial team for the Sloan and Wayman bellwether case which resulted in $110 million for the plaintiffs. Partner Caleb Seeley helped secure a $50 million verdict in the 12th bellwether trial for Army veteran Luke Vilsmeyer.

Additionally, associate Max Kelly helped lead the litigation’s discovery efforts and partner Parvin Aminolroaya helped lead expert development, with both participating in and supporting the many bellwether trials. They were aided by a broader group of litigation attorneys, paralegals, and case management attorneys at Seeger Weiss that helped prosecute this case — the largest mass tort in U.S. history — and represent the interests of the firm’s service-member clients.

One of the nation’s preeminent plaintiffs’ law firms, Seeger Weiss is best known for multidistrict mass torts and class actions in both state and federal court—and especially for taking those cases to trial. With the resources and dedication to take on the world’s largest corporations, the firm has an impressive track record of victories against companies like Merck, Monsanto, and 3M—and a reputation for sticking with a case from beginning to end. From offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, the firm has represented over 10,000 individuals, companies, and governments across the United States who have been injured or defrauded on a massive scale. Since its founding in 1999, it has led many of the most complex and high-profile cases in the country: the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, which the Washington Post called “the largest federal court case in U.S. history”; the ongoing “Dieselgate” scandal; the sprawling multistate litigation on behalf of survivors of child sexual abuse; and the history-making National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation.

Prior results do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome in any future matter.

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