Yes, there is currently a multi-district litigation case (MDL) pending in the United States District Court. The case, MDL No. 2885, is in the United States District Court Northern District of Florida before Judge M. Casey Rodgers.
In April 2019, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation found that there are common issues of fact in cases being brought against 3M nationwide. Specifically, the court found that all pending cases involve common factual issues about whether 3M Dual-ended Combat Arms™ earplugs were defective, and, therefore, caused hearing loss or tinnitus.
The cases were centralized and transferred to the Northern District of Florida on April 3, 2019.
Since then, the court has issued various pretrial and case management orders. Pretrial conference dates have been set for 2020, and as of February 2020, the dates for bellwether trials have not yet been scheduled.
Should You Join the 3M MDL?
If you are a service member who used 3M Dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs supplied by the military and if you suffered tinnitus or hearing loss, then you should talk to a local 3M earplug injury lawyer as soon as possible.
There may be benefits to joining the MDL case, but your time to do so may be limited. As part of the MDL, you retain full control over your own case, but you may share in discovery and in the costs and efficiency of resolving your claim with other service members who have been similarly injured. Together, you may save money and time in getting the compensation that you deserve.
To learn more about how to protect your rights and make a fair recovery, please contact our Iowa 3M earplug injury lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation at your earliest convenience. We will do everything that we can to help you get the compensation that you deserve for the tinnitus or hearing loss injury you suffer from because of the allegedly defective earplugs 3M supplied to the government.