3M to Pay $9.1 Million to Resolve Defective Earplug Allegations 3M Company has agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle allegations that it knowingly sold defective hearing protection to the U.S. military. The U.S. Department of Justice claims that the St. Paul-based company provided combat arms earplugs knowing—but not disclosing—defects that hampered their effectiveness. Specifically, the suit resolves allegations that ... News in Brief
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3M to Pay $9.1 Million to Resolve Defective Earplug Allegations
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News in Brief   |   October 01, 2018
3M to Pay $9.1 Million to Resolve Defective Earplug Allegations
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB5.23102018.14
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB5.23102018.14
3M Company has agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle allegations that it knowingly sold defective hearing protection to the U.S. military.
The U.S. Department of Justice claims that the St. Paul-based company provided combat arms earplugs knowing—but not disclosing—defects that hampered their effectiveness. Specifically, the suit resolves allegations that 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., violated the False Claims Act because they knew the device was too short for proper insertion into users’ ears and could loosen imperceptibly, and therefore did not perform well for certain users.
The allegations were brought in a lawsuit filed under whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. As part of the resolution—which settles the case but does not determine liability—the whistleblower will receive $1.9 million.
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