Local Lawyers Pursuing 3M For Defective Combat Arms Earplugs

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- Timothy Smith (former client)

Why We Are Pursuing 3M

In August 2018, 3M paid $9.1 million to the Department of Justice to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit that accused the company of knowingly selling the military defective earplugs. Evidence exists that 3M knew about the defective Combat Arms Earplugs version 2 (CAEv2) for years; as early as the year 2000. In January 2000, Aearo Technologies falsely certified that CAEv2 met military standards.

Believing the dual-sided earplugs were effective, our military used them for training and combat between 2003 and 2015. The defective earplugs caused hearing loss (partial and complete), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and other head and ear injuries.

Profits Over People

Aearo Technologies and 3M made a conscious decision to manufacturer, certify, and sell products that were unsafe to our military. It is inexcusable and despicable to seek a profit at the expense of our military members. As a result, thousands of our combat veterans have suffered preventable injuries.

Aearo Technologies and 3M refused to explicitly accept responsibility for their conduct despite paying millions of dollars to the Department of Defense to settle a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act in 2018.

Why Hire Rittgers & Rittgers

Unlike national firms that advertise on television, we maintain control over your case. You will have the ability to call, meet, and speak with us about ongoing litigation. We will be the go-to law firm for veterans in the Midwest who want caring local attorneys.

Charles M. Rittgers decided to pursue 3M after his longtime friends, Michael Logue and Dylan Sizemore, discussed their ongoing issues as a result of 3M earplugs. Mike and Dylan were our first two clients and the reason Rittgers & Rittgers decided to pursue 3M.

Our First Two Clients

Mike is a combat veteran who served from 2003 to 2011 as corporal in the Lima Company 3rd Battalion 25th Marines 4th Division. When Mike deployed to Iraq, his company of 184 Marines suffered 23 killed in action and 37 additional Purple Hearts while securing more than 30 cities and handling in excess of more than 350 insurgents. Since being honorably discharged he has as a volunteer for a number of non-profit veteran organizations and serves as a board member for USO Central and Southern Ohio. He was the first participant for The Veteran's Project which focuses on solving difficult and complex problems, enhancing the understanding of veteran healthcare, and improving veteran healthcare.

Dylan is a combat veteran who served in the military from 2003 to 2012. During his first combat tour, Dylan was in Iraq for fifteen months between 2006-2007 serving as a platoon leader and battle captain in the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He conducted over 150 combat patrols and over 25 battalion and company level operations. Dylan returned to Iraq in 2011 and served as a company commander in the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment where his company conducted over 150 combat patrols covering over 16,000 miles as the main effort to close five major U.S. bases in Northern Iraq. He received two Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge, and a Meritorious Unit Citation during his combat tours. Dylan has been the guest speaker and keynote speaker at numerous events and a peer mentor for a local veteran's court.

If you were active in the military between 2003 and 2015 and suffer hearing damage, please contact us today to discuss your potential claim.