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3M Nears Roughly $5.5 Billion Earplugs Settlement


Litigation over hearing-loss complaints ranks as the largest mass tort in U.S. history, with more than 300,000 claims

The earplugs were designed to protect users’ hearing from loud noises such as explosions, but permit voices to be heard.  Photo: 3M

3M and plaintiffs attorneys are nearing a settlement that would resolve hundreds of thousands of claims by veterans that earplugs made by the company and a subsidiary failed to protect them from hearing loss

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