Army Vet Files Lawsuit Over Hearing Damage from Defective 3M Earplugs

SALT LAKE CITY – An Army combat veteran in Utah has filed a lawsuit against 3M, seeking damages for permanent hearing loss caused by defective earplugs and alleging that the manufacturer doctored test results to win a government contract. The lawsuit filed by Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm on behalf of Nathan Fortie seeks economic damages for permanent hearing loss and tinnitus caused when 3M Combat Arms Earplugs failed to protect him from loud combat noises including impulse noises and gunfire, mortar and cannon explosions. The suit also contends that 3M failed to provide key safety information to the soldiers. “This company took advantage of the U.S. government by profiting from an inferior and defective product. But more significantly, it took advantage of U.S. troops who put their lives on the line to serve their country,” said Fears Nachawati cofounder Bryan Fears. Originally created by Aearo, which was acquired by 3M in 2008, the “selective…

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