3M hit with $22.5 million verdict in latest U.S. military earplug trial

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By Nate Raymond (Reuters) – A federal jury on Friday awarded $22.5 million to a U.S. Army veteran who alleged that combat earplugs sold by 3M Co caused him to suffer hearing loss and tinnitus, the biggest verdict yet in massive litigation over the product. Jurors in Pensacola, Florida, sided with former U.S. Army soldier Theodore Finley in the latest trial to result from more than 272,000 lawsuits by servicemembers and veterans who say defective earplugs made by 3M caused their hearing damage. Finley, who used the earplugs while serving in the Army from 2006 to 2014, was awarded $7.5 million i…

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