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Case Number: 7:20-cv-00098-MCR-GRJ
Judge: Liles Burke
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Escambia County)
Defendant's Attorney: Kimberly O. Branscome, Thomas Larry Hill, Barry E. Fields, Charles Franklin Beall, Jr., Halley J. Vanfleteren, Mark J. Nomellini, Nicholas F. Wasdin, Robert C. Brock
Description: Pensacola, Florida personal injury lawyers represented Plaintiffs, who sued Defendant on product liability theories claiming that the Combat Arms Earplugs version 2 (CAEv2) were defective and, as a direct result, he suffered hearing loss despite using the earplugs.
This is a so called "Bellwether" trial in a massive multidistrict litigation over the Combat Arms Earplugs version 2 (CAEv2) earplugs.
Minnesota-based 3M is facing more than 270,000 claims over the earplugs, which were standard issue for many U.S. military service members between 2003 and 2015.
Plaintiff alleged that they suffer from hearing loss and damages, including tinnitus, persistent ringing of the ears.
The bellwethers are Palanki v. 3M Co, No. 19-cv-02324, and Camarillorazo v. 3M Co, No. 20-cv-00098, in the Northern District of Florida.
The MDL is In re 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, No. 19-md-2885.
Outcome: 1/16/2021 172 ORDER DIRECTING CLERK TO ENTER JUDGMENT - The Clerk shall enter judgment stating "Final judgment is entered in favor of the Plaintiff, GUILLERMO CAMARILLORAZO, and against Defendants, 3M COMPANY, 3M OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY LLC, AEARO HOLDING LLC, AEARO INTERMEDIATE LLC, AEARO LLC, and AEARO TECHNOLOGIES LLC, in the amount of One Hundred and Ninety-Two Thousand Dollars ($192,000.00) for past pain and suffering, Four Hundred and Eight Thousand Dollars ($408,000.00) for future pain and suffering, One Hundred and Ten Thousand Six Hundred and Forty-Five Dollars ($110,645.00) for future loss of earning capacity, One Hundred and Five Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($105,750.00) for future medical expenses, for a total of Eight Hundred and Sixteen Thousand Three Hundred and Ninety-Five Dollars ($816,395.00) in compensatory damages plus Twelve Million Two Hundred and Forty-Five Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five Dollars ($12,245,925.00) in exemplary damages, for a total award of Thirteen Million Sixty-Two Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Dollars ($13,062,320.00), together with costs taxed against Defendants and post-judgment interest to be calculated from November 16, 2021 until the date the judgment is paid at a rate of 0.09 percent.". Signed by CHIEF JUDGE MARK E WALKER on 11/16/2021. (vkm) (Entered: 11/16/2021)
The first five bellwether cases result in plaintiffs' verdicts totaling $15 million.