3M $6.01 Billion Settlement for Combat Arms Earplugs Claims

Eligible claimants are those with Combat Arms Earplug claims against 3M, with a settlement amount of $6.01 billion.

3M $6.01 Billion Settlement for Combat Arms Earplugs Claims
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Settlement Terms

  • Status:
  • Award:
    Varies based on individual case evaluation
  • Is Proof Required?
  • Claim Deadline:
    March 25, 2024
    Not Set
  • Days Left to File Claim:
  • Settlement Amount:
  • Final Approval:
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The 3M Combat Arms Earplugs settlement represents a monumental agreement designed to compensate individuals who have experienced hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of using allegedly defective earplugs provided to the military. This settlement aims to address the needs of those affected by offering financial restitution through a structured process.

Who Benefits?: Individuals with Combat Arms Earplug claims against 3M. How much can I get?: Settlement amounts vary, with options for expedited and full evaluation payments.

Important Dates

  • Deadline to File a Claim: The initial registration date has passed, but claimants can still register until the final registration date of March 25, 2024.

Who Are the Eligible Claimants?

Eligibility for the settlement includes a broad range of individuals with Combat Arms Earplug (CAE) claims. This encompasses those who have filed a claim or had their claim dismissed without prejudice in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) or Minnesota state court. All derivative claimants are also covered under the terms of the settlement.

  • Individuals who have retained legal representation for their CAE claim
  • Claimants who intend to file pro se or through an attorney

The settlement does not cover cases dismissed with prejudice before the settlement date.

Understanding the Settlement Awards

The settlement offers two primary avenues for compensation: the Expedited Pay Program (EPP) and the Full Evaluation Program (DPP). The EPP is designed for quicker payments with less documentation, while the DPP provides potentially higher awards based on a more detailed evaluation of each case.

  • Expedited Pay Program: Payments are made on a first-in, first-out (FIFO) basis.
  • Deferred Pay Full Evaluation Program: Initial registration payments and deferred grid payments are based on individual evaluations.

The Defective Products at Issue

The products at the center of this settlement are the Combat Arms Earplugs (CAE) sold by 3M to the U.S. Military between 1999 and 2015. These earplugs have been alleged to be defective, potentially leading to hearing damage among military personnel.

Is Proof Required to Claim the Reward?

Yes, claimants must provide proof to claim their award. This includes a registration form, a complete release, and a stipulated dismissal with prejudice for their case.

How to Claim Your Award

To claim an award, eligible individuals must register on the official settlement website. The registration process involves submitting the necessary documentation and electing to participate in either the EPP or DPP.

Analyzing the $6.01 Billion Settlement Fund

The $6.01 billion settlement fund is the result of negotiations between the plaintiffs and 3M. It reflects the number of claims and the severity of the alleged injuries. The fund will be distributed over the next several years, with initial payments starting in mid-February 2024.

Why Is There a Class Action Settlement?

The class action settlement provides a structured and efficient way to compensate those affected by the CAE without the need for individual trials. It is designed to be equitable and to resolve the litigation comprehensively.

Claimants should now focus on registering for the settlement, providing the required documentation, and understanding their individual award determinations based on the settlement's allocation methodology.

Case Facts

  • Case Number:
  • Filing Date:
  • Jurisdiction:
    U.S. District Court
  • State:
  • Court:
    Florida Northern District
  • Plaintiff:
  • Defendant:
    3M Company
  • Plaintiff Firm:
    Clayton Clark; Bryan F. Aylstock
  • Claims Admin:
    Combat Arms Earplugs Settlement P.O. Box 27192 Richmond, VA 23261 Email: Phone Number: (833) 458-2700
  • Defendant Firm:
Jerome Andries, Esq.
Jerome Andries, Esq.
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