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Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis, & Overholtz Secures Significant Jury Verdict Against 3M

American soldiers are riding in a convoy truck, the back of them is facing the camera, so one can see men in uniform looking forward facing away from the camera. The soldiers are wearing desert camouflage which looks like a pattern across their whole body. We see their helmets and jackets, as well backpacks on their backs.

Pensacola, FL (October 1, 2021) – A Pensacola jury handed down a verdict against 3M, after the jury found earplugs sold by 3M to the United States Military for use by service members were defectively designed.

A jury in Pensacola, FL has awarded U.S. Army Veteran, Private Brandon Adkins, $8.2 million for tinnitus suffered during active duty while wearing the Combat Arms Earplug sold by 3M. Mr. Adkins wore the now withdrawn earplug during active duty including during two tours in Afghanistan. Pensacola attorneys Bryan Aylstock and Jennifer Hoekstra, partners at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, co-tried the case with attorneys Michael Sacchet, Adam Wolfson, and Matt Hosen.

“Justice was served today. Mr. Adkins served our Country during the War on Terror and paid the price. Little did he know that the earplug he was given to protect him was defective.” said Bryan Aylstock after the verdict was returned.

Jennifer Hoekstra who presented Mr. Adkins at trial said “Mr. Adkins is as good, thoughtful and honorable a man as you can find. It is a travesty that he now suffers from constant high pitched ringing in his ears all because 3M rushed its plug to the market while failing to alert the Military of known defects to its plug design.”

Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC represent over 40,000 active and retired military service members of the nearly 250,000 total cases filed in Pensacola, Florida in the multidistrict litigation in federal court presided over by local federal judge Honorable Margaret C. “Casey” Rodgers.

Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz PLLC is a law firm driven to protect the rights of consumers who are seriously injured as a result of defective products, defective medical devices, accidents, or other negligent behavior. Founded in 2001, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz has represented over 250,000 clients across the country since its inception and has recovered over two billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients.