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The case marks the first time a U. Silicone breast implants have been known to leak or rupture, which many doctors believe can cause pain, scarring and disfigurement and may be linked to such systemic diseases as Lupus and Scleroderma. Bristol-Myers wholly-owned subsidiary, Medical Engineering Corp.
Heeding advice from an outside scientific panel, a federal judge in Oregon this week ruled that evidence linking silicone breast implants to immune disorders in 70 women was too weak to be presented to a jury. If an appeals court agrees, the decision could strike a blow to implant lawsuits nationwide and encourage the broader use of such expert panels in cases where the scientific evidence is in dispute. District Judge Robert E.
For more than a year, they had been ensnared in a web of litigation that showed no signs of loosening, as plaintiffs lawyers around the country filed lawsuits claiming that the implants caused auto-immune disease in women. The number of lawsuits aimed at Dow Corning alone, once the preeminent manufacturer, was fast approaching 10, Just months before, Bristol-Myers Squibb, which also faced thousands of breast-implant lawsuits, lost the very first case it attempted to try, against a Houston lawyer named John O'Quinn.
T here are many reasons why people choose to have breast implants, including altering their shape, increasing the size of their breasts, or making them appear even. Other women choose them for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Breast augmentation surgeries usually take between 60 and 90 minutes and are carried out with the person under general anesthesia.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. David Klein said the out-of-court settlement was approved by the British Columbia Supreme Court and gives the women until Feb. The settlement was made without admission of liability by the defendants, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. A spokesman for Bristol-Myers, which had the largest number of claimants, was not immediately available to comment.
The lawsuits were spurred in part by an early s warning from consumer advocacy group Public Citizen claiming that silicone breast implants cause breast cancer. A handful of reports issued over the next few years seemed to strengthen the connection between silicone breast implants and systemic diseases, sparking a litigation frenzy. Patient injury lawsuits began piling up in the early s and a class action case was filed in
As the article went on to say, a Louisiana jury had found for the plaintiffs in "Phase I" of a class-action suit against Dow Chemical by women who claimed to be suffering from illnesses caused by their silicone-gel breast implants. The verdict raised the specter that, once again, a big corporation was being beaten into submission by the relentless assault of the plaintiffs lawyers working the breast implant beat. But think again. In fact, five years after allegations about implants exploded into a devastating mass tort suit--which drove the leading manufacturer, Dow Corning, into bankruptcy--it is the plaintiffs lawyers who are on the run.