(Family and Friends)


I am a veteran and that is why the allegations against 3M strike a chord with me. 3M sold two million earplugs to the U.S. military all the while knowing they would offer little to no protection to the soldiers wearing them. But, they did not care to disclose this defect to the military. Instead, they chose to profit from it while dedicated service men and women damaged, or even lost, their hearing. These claims come from a complaint filed by the U.S. Government against 3M in which 3M paid a substantial fine. Well, I do care and I want you to know why you may have hearing loss.

I am a former Marine Corp officer who served in Viet Nam and my law firm is offering a free legal consultation to any veteran who served in the military between 2003 & 2015, used Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2), and then later suffered hearing loss, impairment, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

There are absolutely no strings attached but we may have a limited time to deal with cases on behalf of Tennessee users of these 3M ear plugs. We have a little longer for cases in Mississippi and Arkansas (based on statute of limitation laws). So, don’t hesitate for too long! It is my privilege to tell you how we can help.


Popular global brand 3M won a defense contract to sell the U.S. military combat earplugs. Between 2003 and 2015, they supplied millions of servicemen and women with their Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2). The earplugs were typically black and yellow and were intended to protect military personnel from high levels of sound entering their ear canal while also allowing them to maintain communication with one another. The earplugs were dual ended with one side intended to block all sounds, including voices, and the other side to block impulse sounds, such as gunfire, while still allowing verbal commands to come through. Unfortunately, these earplugs were defective.

How Were the Earplugs Defective?

Rather than blocking out the sound, as was promised to be the case by 3M, the design was defective. The earplugs consisted of yellow fins, or flaps, that interfered with the ability to properly seal inside of the ear canal, unless the fins were manually folded back — an instruction that was never included with the product. Testing conducted in 2000 also suggested the stem of the plug was too short and the open side of the ear plug allowed for an amplification of noise. It is also being alleged that the maker manipulated the results of past testing in order to meet the high standards of the U.S. Government. Due to the defective earplugs, U.S. military personnel were not protected from the dangerously high levels of sounds during combat and combat drills.

Compensation Beyond VA Disability

Over 3 million U.S. military veterans are currently receiving partial or full disability for hearing-related problems. Even if you are getting disability payments, you may also be entitled to compensation from 3M for the pain and suffering caused because of the defect.

The Cost of Filing a 3M Defective Earplug Lawsuit

3M is a massive corporation. We are taking these cases on contingency which means you will not pay anything upfront, and only if we win your case will a percentage be deducted. This will be discussed in your free consultation.

Getting Started with Your 3M Hearing Loss Case

As a veteran it might be devastating to find out that your hearing loss was caused by a company who had a duty to you and the U.S. government to protect your hearing. If you believe you are a victim of this irresponsible action on the part of 3M, and would like to find out if you can pursue compensation for your hearing loss or tinnitus, contact us for a free consultation.

Darrell Castle and Associates PLLC **
5050 Poplar Ave., Suite 1600
Memphis, TN 38157

IMPORTANT – Darrell Castle & Associates PLLC is only filing lawsuits against 3M, and not the U.S. Military, Department of Defense, or Government.