Posted by : Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.
On December 10, a federal jury in Tallahassee, Florida awarded former U.S. Army veteran Theodore Finley $22.5 million, including $15 million in punitive damages, against earplug manufacturers 3M Co.and Aearo Technologies LLC. The plaintiff had alleged that as a result of using 3M’s defective CAEv2 earplugs while in the Army he suffered hearing damage and bilateral tinnitus.
The following week on December 16, a federal jury in Pensacola, FL handed the manufacturers a win, finding that the earplugs that allegedly caused the plaintiff and former service member, Carlos Montero’s hearing loss were not defectively designed.
These trials were the eighth and ninth bellwether cases to be held in the MDL; to date, there have been five verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs, with verdicts awarded ranging from $1.7 million to the most recent verdict in favor of Finley. There have been four defense verdicts in favor of 3M.
There are also a number of bellwether trials scheduled in 2022 through May 9, including a consolidated trial to begin in January.
These cases are part of a sprawling litigation involving over 270,000 service members who allege that the CAEv2 earplugs manufactured by Aearo, a company acquired by 3M in 2007, were defective, causing “irreparable hearing damage” according to Mr. Finley’s attorneys. The earplugs were provided to the army from 2007 to 2013;
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