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We recently reported on a massive $2.2M verdict a judge handed down for a Florida veteran who suffered hearing damage due to 3M’s CAEv2 earplugs. This follows a string of bellwether trials which have awarded $300 million for plaintiffs to-date who have suffered similar hearing damage due to 3M’s faulty earplugs. A recent  Wall Street Journal article details that this may only be the start of what can be billions in liabilities that 3M may be facing over their allegedly defective earplugs.

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Settlement Conference Ordered by Judge

The U.S. District Judge, Casey Rodgers, has ordered that 3M and plaintiffs begin mediation talks by July 15th, 2022, as the multi-district litigation is at a “critical juncture.” This is big news as Judge Rodgers stated, “at this stage, there can be no reasonable dispute that the litigants in this MDL have more data points about individual claims, and the broader whole, than any other litigants in the country.” In other words, Judge Rodgers implies that there was enough critical evidence presented to predict the outcome of future 3M allegedly defective earplug  litigation. While there are no guarantees, this is encouraging news on the progress for what is now the largest multidistrict litigation in U.S. history.

Why The Recent News Matters 3m earplugs lawsuit news

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3M has largely been able to avoid the major media attention surrounding its earplug lawsuits. However, mounting investor pressure may be placed on 3M for a quick resolution as several major analysts have cited the massive liabilities as a reason to sell 3M stock. This news adds momentum heading into the fast-approaching settlements talks.

We at Oppenheim Law look forward to continuing regular updates as the litigation progresses.

There is Still Time to File a Claim

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If you or a loved one served in the United States military or in the reserves between 2003 and 2015, used the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplug (CAEv2) during service and suffer from hearing loss and/or tinnitus and, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our team at Oppenheim Law recognizes the emotional burden these impairments have on individuals and their lives. That is why our firm provides a team of professionals committed to zealously represent our clients.

Please feel free to contact us at (954) 384-6114 so we can inform you of your legal rights so you can obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.

From the trenches,

Roy Oppenheim