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Army veteran awarded $22.5 million in latest trial over military-issued earplugs

December 16, 2021

From the Star and Stripes website

A federal jury on Friday awarded $22.5 million to an Army veteran in a lawsuit claiming earplug manufacturer 3M’s military-issued product caused damage to his hearing. It was the eighth such case to reach a verdict and involved the largest amount of damages to date. 

Theodore Finley filed a lawsuit under Texas law against 3M in January 2020 that stated he used the company’s combat arms earplug version 2 during his service from 2006 to 2014. He now suffers from noise-induced hearing loss and bilateral tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears.

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