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Were you or a loved one an active service member in the US infantry between 2003 and 2015? Were you deployed to a US war zone? Did you serve in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do you suffer from partial or full hearing loss, tinnitus or other hearing issues?
US Government Accuses 3M Of Fraud In Military Earplug Scandal
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you may be the victim of fraud. Think back to your time in the military. Were you issued a pair of earplugs? Those earplugs were manufactured by 3M, and there’s substantial evidence that they were defective. In point of fact, 3M recently settled a massive whistleblower lawsuit filed over those earplugs for $9.1 million.
Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2
The earplugs you received as a service member in Iraq or Afghanistan are called Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, or CAEv2. The model in question features a dual design, with one side being yellow and the other black. When inserted, the yellow side allows the wearer to hear low-level sounds. The black side attempts to block all sound.
The CAEv2 was developed by a company called Aearo Technologies, which was purchased by 3M in 2008 for $1.2 billion dollars. These earplugs were manufactured only for the US military, after Aearo Technologies signed an exclusive contract through the Defense Logistics Agency and became the sole supplier of selective attenuation earplugs to the US military.
Between 2003 and 2015, 3M and Aearo Technologies supplied around 2.2 million pairs of earplugs to the US military for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. The earplugs were widely used in war zones; servicemen and women relied on them to protect their hearing.
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