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3M Denied Bankruptcy Shield Against Massive Earplug Claims

A bankruptcy judge on Friday refused to shield 3M Co. from ongoing litigation involving its military earplugs, a setback for the conglomerate’s attempt to shift mass injury claims to a friendlier forum.

Judge Jeffrey Graham in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis said he would not extend to 3M the same protection from pending earplug injury lawsuits that its subsidiary Aearo Technologies LLC received by filing the chapter. 11 last month.

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