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Did you serve in the US Military between 2003 to 2015?

If you have hearing loss, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.

If you wore dual-sided Combat Arms Earplugs™(CAEv2) between 2003 and 2015 and were diagnosed with or suffer from tinnitus or hearing loss, you may be entitled to significant compensation.

In July of 2018, the United States Department of Justice announced that 3M had agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that they knowingly sold the Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs, Version 2 to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection device. The earplugs were originally manufactured by Aearo Technologies, which was acquired by 3M in 2008.

Aearo was likely aware of the ear plug’s defects as early as 2000, many years before it and 3M became the exclusive provider of selective attenuation earplugs to the military. The United States alleged that 3M, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the Combat Arms™ Earplugs Version 2 were too short for proper insertion into soldiers’ ears and could loosen imperceptibly, potentially resulting in serious and permanent hearing damage for the user.

This design defect was known to 3M but was not disclosed to the Department of Defense. 3M may have manipulated test results to make it appear the earplugs met government standards.

The Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) were designed for military use and used extensively by millions of servicemen and servicewomen. Unfortunately, many may have been exposed to damaging sound levels after receiving defective and dangerous earplugs while serving in the U.S. and abroad.

Due to the design flaw, thousands of soldiers could have been subjected to dangerous sound levels during training and in combat. Dangerous sound levels can have serious and permanent effects including partial or total hearing loss or tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ears).

If you or a loved one were issued Dual-Ended Combat Arms™Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) during service in the military between 2003 and 2015 and have since suffered partial or total hearing loss or suffer from tinnitus, contact us immediately to learn more about your legal rights and receive a free attorney consultation.

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Ms. Maida has been employed with Mostyn Law since 2009. She started as a clerk for the firm during law school and continued to clerk for the firm through graduation, before returning as an associate after her admittance to the Texas State Bar in November 2011. Ms. Maida works primarily on First Party Litigation cases against insurance companies. Prior to her employment at Mostyn Law, she interned for the Honorable Jeff Bohm, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

Ms. Maida is a Beaumont, Texas native and currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and twin daughters.



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Mike Burns joined the Mostyn Law team in 2014 and began serving as Of Counsel in 2020.  Mike was hand-selected to serve as Co-Liaison Counsel in the 3M Military Earplug MDL and has extensive experience in the mass tort arena. 

Prior to joining Mostyn Law, he handled numerous criminal and civil cases and has extensive trial experience as a state prosecutor, criminal and civil defense attorney. Additionally, Mike served as special assistant, attorney and Deputy Attorney General under former Florida Governor, Charlie Crist.  He has also served as General Counsel and District Representative for former U. S. Congressman Joe Scarborough.

In the past, Mike has served as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Law instructing in the Criminal Clinic.

When he’s not lawyering, you can find him surfing in his hometown of Pensacola Beach, Florida.   


  • Florida (1993)


  • Undergrad University of West Florida, B.A. Political Science (1990)
  • Law School Nova Southeastern University College of Law (1992)

Professional activities and memberships

  • Florida Bar
  • Northern District of Florida US District Court



Ms. Meador joined Mostyn Law in March 2015 with a business and commercial defense background representing clients in the manufacturing and chemical industries. At Mostyn Law, Ms. Meador works on products liability cases with an emphasis on medical devices and personal injury litigation.

Ms. Meador gained mass tort experience while working on cases pending in the asbestos and silica Multi-District Litigation (MDL) courts in Harris County. In addition to actions involving personal injury and products liability, she also has experience with cases dealing with wrongful foreclosure and enforcement of foreign judgment matters.

Ms. Meador is a Dallas, Texas native and she currently resides in Katy, Texas with her husband.



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