1. January 16, 2024

    3M Earplug Trial Litigants Agree To $6B Deal

    3M has said that since it reached a $6 billion deal to end claims that its combat earplugs failed to protect the hearing of service members and veterans, it has won the support of plaintiffs who had been preparing to go to trial in Florida and Minnesota.

  2. November 06, 2023

    3M Earplug Judge Drops Over 3,500 Claims In MDL

    The Florida federal judge overseeing the 3M earplug multidistrict litigation has closed several claims due to duplicate cases and overlapping representation, which she said have "plagued" the case, after her deadline ordering dupes be dropped and overlapping counsel issues be resolved passed.

  3. October 16, 2023

    3M Earplug MDL Judge Warns Of Scam Calls To Claimants

    Scammers are reaching out to some of the 260,000 claimants in the tentative $6 billion settlement which could end allegations that 3M combat earplugs caused hearing damage, a Florida federal judge said, warning claimants and attorneys not to be fooled by the callers.

  4. October 10, 2023

    3M Earplug MDL Judge Threatens Sanctions For Dupe Filings

    A federal magistrate judge overseeing a massive multidistrict lawsuit military veterans and service members brought against 3M for faulty combat earplugs warned plaintiffs' attorneys Saturday that sanctions would be issued if they continued to create duplicate claims and filings that she said wasted court resources and added needless complexity to the largest multidistrict litigation in U.S. history.

  5. August 29, 2023

    3M Strikes $6B Deal In Combat Earplug Litigation

    3M on Tuesday said that it had reached a $6 billion deal to end more than 260,000 claims that its combat earplugs failed to protect the hearing of servicemembers and veterans, capping the largest multidistrict litigation in U.S. history.

  6. July 11, 2023

    Top Product Liability Cases Of 2023: Midyear Review

    A recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion that expanded states' jurisdiction over out-of-state companies, billions of dollars in settlements over so-called "forever" chemicals, and a verdict over Tesla's autopilot technology are among the top product liability cases so far in 2023.

  7. July 05, 2023

    Product Liability Cases To Watch: 2023 Midyear Report

    A challenge to a decades-old decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve an abortion drug has ramifications for product liability cases involving federal agency decisions, and the first talc trial since Johnson & Johnson placed a subsidiary in bankruptcy may influence whether other claimants opt to accept an $8.9 billion settlement. 

  8. June 12, 2023

    Kirkland Seeks $13M Fees In 3M Unit's Tossed Bankruptcy

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP on Sunday sought an Indiana federal judge's approval for nearly $13 million in fees and expenses for the firm's representation of 3M subsidiary Aereo Technology's bankruptcy case between February and April, days after the judge tossed the case upon finding the company financially healthy.

  9. June 09, 2023

    Judge Tosses 3M Unit's Bankruptcy Case As Invalid

    An Indiana federal judge on Friday tossed a 3M subsidiary's bankruptcy case that the manufacturing giant intended to use to address more than 230,000 liability claims over allegedly faulty earplugs, finding that the bankruptcy did not serve a "valid reorganizational purpose."

  10. May 22, 2023

    3M CEO Needed For 'Critical' Earplug Mediation

    A Florida federal judge has ordered 3M's CEO to attend the next mediation session between the company and veterans who claim its combat earplugs caused hearing damage, saying the talks have reached a "critical juncture."