Partner Jennifer Liakos Named to PSC in 3M Earplug Action

June 5, 2019 | Commercial Litigation & Class Actions

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is proud to announce that Jennifer R. Liakos has been appointed the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation (Case No. 3:19md2885) by United States District Court Judge M. Casey Rogers for the Northern District of Florida Pensacola Division.

The Panel received and reviewed close to 200 applications and selected Ms. Liakos from this highly qualified field for her extensive experience handling complex, multi-district mass tort cases, including the Abilify Products Liability Litigation.

“The men and women who serve and protect this country deserve our gratitude,” said Jennifer Liakos. “It is unconscionable that our troops were sent into combat situations with defective equipment. I look forward to working with this skilled group of professionals to hold 3M accountable for the injuries its product caused.”

The lawsuit alleges that 3M sold defectively designed Combat Arms earplugs to the military and failed to warn wearers of the defect and to provide proper instructions of their use. It claims that the Combat Arms earplugs did not maintain a tight seal and dangerously loud sounds slipped through without the user knowing. This resulted in hearing loss, tinnitus and deafness for those military service members who were issued the Combat Arms earplugs and served between 2003 and 2015.

The litigation seeks to recover for personal injuries and future medical monitoring from the Minnesota-based manufacturer, 3M.


About Jennifer Liakos

Jennifer Liakos is the Managing Partner for the Los Angeles office, focusing her practice on mass tort litigation, including pharmaceutical product liability, personal injury, and medical device litigation She has been court appointed to several leadership positions, including the Abilify and Viagra products liability litigations. An experienced litigator, Ms. Liakos has testified before the FDA advisory board on amending the regulations concerning generic manufacturer liability.

More About Abilify

Ms. Liakos was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the In Re Abilify (Aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation (Case No. 3:16-md02734) by United States District Judge M. Casey Rodgers.

Abilify is prescribed to treat schizophrenia, Tourette’s syndrome and bipolar disorder. This anti-psychotic drug has been linked to  excessive gambling & credit card use and other compulsive behaviors. The manufacturers of Abilify, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka, failed to warn consumers of the risks related to their product when they marketed the drug.

More About Viagra

Jennifer Liakos was also named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2).

Used to treat erectile dysfunction in men, Viagra users are at increased risk of melanoma,which is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. Among the allegations outlined in the lawsuit against Pfizer is that the drug company failed to warn consumers and health care providers of the potentially lethal side effects associated with their product.

The federal lawsuits were consolidated in the USDC for the Northern District of California.

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