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3M™ Combat Arms Earplug™ Lawsuit

3M™ Combat Arms Earplug™ Lawsuit

Are you one of the thousands of Veterans who used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs?


3M™ Combat Arms Earplug™ Lawsuit

The law firm of Mansfield, Melancon, Cranmer & Dick, LLC is investigating potential claims against the manufacturer of the Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs™ (CAEv2). The Combat Arms Earplugs™, manufactured by The 3M™ Company, were standard-issue equipment for thousands of military service members between 2003 and 2015. Defects in the earplugs design and manufacturing put the members of the United States Armed Forces at risk for permanent hearing loss, impairment, and tinnitus.

history behind the 3m lawsuits

3M™ is a Minnesota based company that produces, among other products, Combat Arms Earplugs™ that were regularly used by United States military personnel from 2003 through 2015. The Department of Justice announced in July 2018 that 3M™ agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs™, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the United Sates military without disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection device (click here to read the press release). More specifically, the United States claimed that 3M™, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, inc., knew the CAEv2 was too short for proper insertion into users’ ears and that the earplugs could loosen imperceptibly and therefore did not perform well for certain individuals. Further, 3M™ did not disclose this design defect to the military. However, this settlement did not resolve any individual claims that active or veteran military personnel might have against 3M™.

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Name *
Did you or a loved one serve in the U.S. Military between 2003 and 2015?
Were you or a loved one issued black/yellow earplugs during service?
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with permanent hearing loss?
Have you or a loved one suffered from tinnitus or other hearing loss?
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Veterans across the country are currently suffering with tinnitus and other forms of hearing loss. You may be entitled to receive compensation for damages from the makers of these earplugs if you or a loved one:

  • Served in the United States military from 2003 through 2015

  • Were issued the CAEv2 earplugs produced by 3M™

  • Suffers from tinnitus or a form of hearing loss


If you or a loved one used 3M™ earplugs while serving in the military from 2003-2015 and suffered a hearing related injury, contact Mansfield Melancon immediately to make sure your rights and interests are being protected. We provide a free, no obligation consultation. It is important to have a team of skilled lawyers who will provide the personalized attention your case requires and deserves. 

Our lawyers at Mansfield Melancon work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get paid unless you recover.

We stand by and support our Nation’s Heroes and we will fight for you until you receive the compensation you deserve.

You can reach us by filling out the questionnaire or at our New Orleans number at 504-500-1108, Baton Rouge number at 225-612-0800, Lafayette number at 337-409-0003, or you can contact us online.  You can also send us an email with questions about your claim at or fill out your information on our CONTACT US page.