Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. LLC June 2019

19 JUNE

Road to justice

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In the Face of Corporate Negligence

A Case for American Heroes

When companies make promises about their

important than the safety of America’s heroes. Last year, 3M agreed to pay the government $9.1 million as recompense for the fraud — and make no mistake, fraud is what they committed. Now, servicepeople injured as a result of Combat Arms earplugs are participating in class-action lawsuits to get the compensation they deserve.

products and services, we expect them to be accurate. All too often, however, that’s not the case. There is always

current litigation against businesses that knowingly misled the public about the safety and validity of their products, from the makers of the mesh involved in hernia surgery

You can qualify for participation in a lawsuit against 3M if you meet the following criteria:

You served between the years of 2003–15.

to Johnson & Johnson, whose iconic baby powder was found to contain asbestos. I want to discuss one such case today that is particularly galling and should leave every American outraged. It involves 3M Combat Arms earbuds and the health of American military personnel. We expect our military to have access to the best equipment and training. In fact, their lives depend on it. Servicepeople don’t have a say in the guns, clothes, and tools they use on a daily basis because these crucial items are issued by the government. As such, the troops on the ground have to accept them with blind faith. But what kind of person would knowingly and willingly put American heroes at risk just to make a few bucks? It’s unconscionable, right? Well, that’s exactly what happened in this case. From 2003–15, 3M received a government contract to produce earplugs for the military. These plugs, branded Combat Arms, were supposed

• You suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, or another noise-related injury while on duty.

• You reported your injury within two years after the completion of your deployment.

You were not dishonorably discharged.

If you meet these criteria and would like to bring suit against 3M, we encourage you to call our office today. You’ll likely never need to testify in court, but it’s important you work with a skilled attorney to ensure your paperwork is properly filed, so you receive all the compensation you’re entitled to. Personally, I find this case to be deeply troubling and infuriating. That a corporation would knowingly harm America’s most selfless and brave citizens is reprehensible. We are here to help fight against this injustice. If companies like 3M aren’t held accountable for actions like these, they will continue to perpetrate

to filter out high-decibel sound while allowing less dangerous sound to pass through. The promise was that soldiers would hear their fellow servicemembers without risking hearing loss from loud noises like gunfire or explosions. But the reality was far from that promise. Combat Arms earplugs did not do what they were supposed to; in some cases, they actually increased the risk of hearing loss, tinnitus, and other noise-related conditions.

them with impunity. That’s a dangerous situation for every American.

–Jim Snell

Even worse, 3M knew they didn’t work as advertised. They callously crunched the numbers and decided profits were more

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