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3M Earplugs Settlement/Lawsuit

Discussion in 'Military Vets' started by TreyG-20, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. TreyG-20

    TreyG-20 TGT Addict

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    I keep seeing these commercials from different law firms for those who served between 2003-2015 and were issued the 3M earplugs. 3M paid out 9.1 million last year as a settlement for knowingly selling defective earplugs. Of course none of that money actually went to soldiers and veterans who have hearing loss and Tinnitus.

    I have Tinnitus and had a hearing profile showing that. Also several audiology reports in my medical records showing that it did get worse during my service 2007-14.

    Has anyone contacted one of these firms yet to start the process? Just trying to figure out what maybe needed before hand. Medical records etc..

    I do not currently have a disability rating from the VA as I prefer to avoid that place at all costs. Even though I'm very sure I would get some sort of disability compensation (non-hearing related) if I made a claim.
     


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  2. Kar98

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    The lawsuits were filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas — Waco Division.

    One hundred lawsuits were filed by two Houston-based law firms: Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz and Bell, Rose & Cobos.

    You wanna get in contact with one of these two, I think.
     
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  3. oldag

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    After the lawyers are done, you will probably get $0.02 of a $100M settlemen.
     
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    Or whatever the cost of buying a lifetime supply of those exact ear plugs was. "Full satisfaction or your money back!"
     
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  5. Dredens

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    All I know is I'm tired of seeing the ads for it almost nonstop on darn near every social media platform I'm on.
     
  6. F350-6

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    I'd be very wary of joining the class action suit. As olddawg said, you'll only get pennies.

    I was part of a class action suit once. The check I ended up with was less than $1.

    I don't blame you on avoiding the VA. Maybe it's worth talking to a local lawyer and see if 3M will settle with you directly. Might include a non-disclosure or something, but so what? Might be something that's not worth your time.
     
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    This is exactly what I am wondering. I have not heard of any cases being settled and was hoping someone maybe farther along in the process. I make okay money, but any income is welcome.
     
  8. benenglish

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    It depends on the industry.

    My sister has a long history of severe health problems and has taken a huge number of medications over the years. Some of them have been the subject of class action suits and she routinely joins those suits. Well over a dozen settlement checks have shown up over the last couple of decades, usually for nominal money but sometimes for hundreds.

    So medical class action suits are sometimes worth a bit of money.

    OTOH, I once joined a suit having to do with some appliance, IIRC. The payout was less than a dollar. :)
     
  9. F350-6

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    Unfortunately when it comes to medical issues, hundreds is about equivalent to a dollar with the cost of meds and treatment these days. And I wouldn't be surprised if the lawyers involved got 6 figures each or more out of the settlement so your sister could get her hundreds.

    That's why I don't care for class action stuff. If a lawyer is going to get a percent of my money in a claim, I don't want that number to start with 99.something
     
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  10. F350-6

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    I've heard of class action stuff having individual cases settled before the class action stuff gets finalized. I think they do this (and this is just my opinion) so they can go before the judge and say, we've already set a precedent in court cases for this item, including lawyers fees. We just need to multiply this number by the cases in the class action and the lawyers fees will already be paid based on past suits that were settled.

    Remember, it's not the company itself you're dealing with in court, but their insurance company. And the insurance companies like to settle or at least arbitrate.
     


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