3M shells out $6 billion to mend ears and bridges with service members

3M to pay over $6B for defective ear plugs, hearing loss claims.

Lawyers: Settlement brings justice and compensation for hearing damage.

3M: $6B settlement split - $5B cash, $1B in stock over 2023-2029

3M: No liability admission; Ear plugs safe when used right

Plaintiffs claimed 3M's CAEv.2 earplugs exposed them to harm.

Hearing devices must meet ANSI standards for testing and labeling. 

Complaint: Defendants skewed NRR test results using own lab

NRR allegedly inflated to 22; actual test: 10.9 on 8 subjects.

Aearo's Chapter 11 bankruptcy attempt rejected as 'financially healthy