3M wins US lawsuit for protecting up earplug design

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The 3M logo can be seen at its global headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota, USA on March 4, 2020. REUTERS / Nicholas Pfosi / File Photo

(Reuters) – 3M Co won a lawsuit on Friday accused of covering up design flaws in earplugs used by the military, after a similar case recently lost nearly 230,000 claims against the company.

The Florida trial is the second to address allegations that 3M was hiding design flaws, falsifying test results, and failing to instruct the military on the proper use of the earbuds used by the army between 2007 and 2013.

The two decisions are in "Bellwether" cases, in which the parties select a number of cases from the thousands that are pending to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the claims. The next such trial will begin on June 7th.

3M said it will continue to defend itself in upcoming trials, adding that its "Combat Arms Earplug Version 2 product was and was safe and effective to use".

Plaintiffs' attorneys, Bryan Aylstock and Christopher Seeger, said in a statement: "We continue to believe the evidence overwhelmingly shows that 3M knew their CAEv2 earplugs were defective and that our service members were putting hearing protection on them had left, suffer from preventable hearing loss, could have tinnitus. "

In April, three veterans who accused the company of covering up design flaws in their earbuds received punitive damages of $ 2.1 million each and a total of $ 830,500 in damages for their medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain Suffer.

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