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Main Takeaways From 3M’s Earplug Lawsuit Verdict Form

Main Takeaways From 3M’s Earplug Lawsuit Verdict Form

Brian Beckcom

Brian Beckcom


In the latest development, 3M Manufacturing Company loses the first trial over their defective military earplugs, with a federal jury awarding $7.1 Million. 3M’s distinctive yellow-and-green earplugs have left thousands of U.S. military veterans with tinnitus, severe hearing loss, and PTSD. 

Thousands of veterans and current military servicemen and women may be entitled to substantial compensation. Watch the video above to listen to Brian Beckcom explain what the latest verdict means for other plaintiffs. 

3M earplug lawsuit jury verdict form

On Friday, April 30th, three Army veterans were awarded $2.1 million in punitive damages (damages exceeding simple compensation and awarded to punish the defendant) by a federal jury in Florida. These jurors completed a “verdict form,” where they weighed in on the facts being presented by both the plaintiffs (disabled veterans) and the defendant (3M Manufacturing Company). 

What is a verdict form? 

Simply put, a verdict form is where the impartial jurors of any given case weigh in on the facts being presented and apply the law to them. The 3M earplug lawsuit jury verdict form shows that the jurors are angry with 3M’s conduct and their deliberation suggests a positive outlook for the settlement value of future claims. 

Click here to view the official jury verdict for the 3M earplug lawsuit. 

Four takeaways from the latest 3M’s earplug verdict form

  1. Jurors were unanimous in their decisions, leaving no questions about how the public sees this case and 3M’s negligent actions; 
  2. Jurors awarded substantial punitive damages which should increase the value of all settlements;
  3. 3M Manufacturing Company has lost every major battle along the way; 
  4. Two more bellwether trials are coming (one in May and one in June), giving us more information and hopefully solidifying the Plaintiff’s strength when it comes to settlement negotiations. 

Do you have a claim against 3M for their defective military earplugs?  

You still have time to file a lawsuit against 3M. Every case is unique, and every person injured by 3M’s greed deserves their day in court. Our goal is to get you justice and just compensation. If you or someone you know:

  • Served in the military between 2003 and 2015;
  • Used 3M’s dual-ended combat arms earplugs (two-sided, triple-flanged, yellow, and green ends);
  • And are suffering from a service-connected diagnosis of tinnitus and/or hearing loss that is permanent.

You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Please call us at 877-724-7800 or contact us today for your free and confidential case evaluation.