There has been a lot of buzz lately about the 3M earplug lawsuit and what it will mean for veterans in Michigan. However, what many people don’t know is that, even before the 3M earplug lawsuit came about, there was a false claims suit filed by the Department of Justice that resulted in the False Claims Act. This act had a significant impact on the 3M earplug lawsuit.
The 3M combat arms earplugs lawsuit was a major decision in the U.S. court system that resulted in the Minnesota-based manufacturing company paying a substantial settlement to the U.S. Department of Justice for supplying defective equipment to the military.
Recent studies conducted by the FDA have proven a medical device may be more life-threatening than life-saving. The inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a medical device meant to capture and prevent blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs. However, design and manufacturing defects have caused the devices to fail and patients to suffer.
Lawsuit Reveals Hearing Loss or Tinnitus in Veterans May Be Due to Faulty 3M Military-Issued Earplugs
In July of 2018, a lawsuit was settled against the Minnesota-based company 3M for providing faulty Combat Arms™ Earplugs to military men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2015. 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that they knowingly sold defective earplugs to the U.S. Military.
Manufacturer of Essure Permanent Birth Control Halts Sales; FDA Says Women Must Be Kept Informed About Serious Adverse Effects
In April 2018 the FDA issued an order restricting the sale and distribution of the Essure permanent birth control implant manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Bayer. “This is another case where medical device manufacturers must accept responsibility for harm resulting from the use of one of their products,” said Medical Malpractice Attorney and Registered Nurse Eileen Kroll of Cochran, Kroll & Associates.
Several manufacturers of hernia mesh implants have been facing lawsuits by patients who received the mesh implants during hernia repair surgery. When a hernia mesh implant product fails, serious complications including adhesions, fistulas and infections can develop.