Dow Corning In Bankruptcy Over Lawsuits 1995, 2012 Breast implant Helpline Assisting women with breast Implant Claims and Silicone Toxicity diseases
By BARNABY J. FEDER
Published: May 16, 1995
Overwhelmed by injury claims filed against it by hundreds of thousands of women who used silicone breast implants, the Dow Corning Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection in a Federal court in Bay City, Mich., today. (1995 )
Dow Corning's legal move will abruptly halt all new lawsuits and indefinitely delay settlement of existing litigation against the company. Dow Corning said that seeking the protection of the bankruptcy court was the only way it could devise an enforceable plan to deal with the billions of dollars of claims against it. The decision also means, however, that the bankruptcy court will have the final say in how much Dow Corning pays to compensate claimants.
More than one million women received breast implants made of silicone gel during the 1970's and 1980's. Dow Corning was the industry's leading manufacturer and supplied far more breast implants than any other company. The women who have filed claims say that ruptured or leaking implants have caused a variety of autoimmune diseases and interfered with diagnoses of cancer. While courts have upheld such claims, a number of scientific studies have found no evidence breast implants are harmful.
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