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3m earplug lawsuit

3M Earplug Lawsuit

3M knowingly marketed, manufactured and sold dangerously defective earplugs, specifically the Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplug, Version 2 (or CAEv2), to consumers and the United States Military. If you served in the military between 2003 and 2015 and were issued CAEv2 earplugs and have been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in ear), you may be eligible for compensation.

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Our Role

Seeger Weiss partners serve in key leadership positions in the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation. Founding partner Chris Seeger was chosen as Co-Lead Counsel, overseeing a team of attorneys for this litigation, the largest consolidated federal mass tort in American history. In addition, Seeger Weiss partner Dave Buchanan served as lead trial counsel for veteran client William Wayman and was co-lead on the trial team for the Sloan and Wayman bellwether case which resulted in $110 million for the plaintiffs, the largest award to date.

Case Updates

  • 3/25/22

    Juries returned verdicts totaling $58 million for combat veterans Luke Vilsmeyer and Steve Wilkerson in the 12th and 13th bellwether trials. These major wins for the plaintiffs follow a $110 million verdict in the 11th bellwether trial in January. Overall, plaintiffs have now won 8 out of the 13 bellwether trials, equating to more than $200 million in total verdicts against 3M.

  • 3/11/22

    The 12th and 13th bellwether trials in the 3M earplug liability litigation are set to begin in the coming days. Plaintiff Luke Vilsmeyer served in the US Army for more than two decades and used the CAEv2 for most of his service. Plaintiff Steven Wilkerson served in the US Army and Army National Guard and wore CAEv2 from 2010-2011 while deployed in Afghanistan. Both Wilkerson and Vilsmeyer suffer from bilateral tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss.

  • 1/27/22

    In the 11th bellwether trial, a jury awarded $110 million to Ronald Sloan and firm client William Wayman. Seeger Weiss partner David Buchanan served as lead counsel for Mr. Wayman as well as co-lead trial counsel in the consolidated trial. The verdict is the largest thus far out of the 11 trials that have taken place to-date. Learn more here.