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Dow Corning Breast Implant Litigation Resources

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Breast Implant News, Dow Corning Breast Implant Stories and Sharing

The Claimants’ Advisory Committee (CAC) is the official committee appointed by the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigian to represent the interests of women in the Dow Corning Bankruptcy Settlement Plan. They have a website with information concerning the Settlement Facility for the Dow Corning Trust (SF-DCT).

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone Number: 419-394-0717

Fax: 419-394-1748

Email address: info@tortcomm.org,

Mailing address: Claimants’ Advisory Committee, P.O. Box 665, St. Marys, OH 45885.

You can also sign up on the website to receive a free copy of their monthly electronic newsletter by e-mail.

LATEST COURT ORDERS ON THE WEBSITE

July 31, 2014 – 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that tissue expanders are included in the definition of “Breast Implants” June 20, 2014 – Stipulation and Order Recommending the Appointment of the Honorable Pamela R. Harwood as Lien Judge March 31, 2014 – 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Denying Dow Corning’s Motion to Stay Partial Premium Payments February 25, 2014 – Order Denying Motion to Stay Pending Appeal.

LINKS TO RELATED WEBSITES

Settlement Facility website: www.dcsettlement.com
Email address: info@sfdct.com
Mailing address: Settlement Facility – DC Trust P.O. Box 52429 Houston, TX 77052-2429
Phone Number: (713) 874-6099
Toll free Phone Number: (866) 874-6099 (within the U.S.)
International Toll Free Number AT&T Direct Access Number: + 866 + 874 6099 (outside the U.S.)
MDL 926 Claims Office for the Revised Settlement Program:
Website: www.fjc.gov (MDL 926 Court)
Website: www.claimsoffice-926.com (MDL 926 Claims Office) The MDL 926 Claims Office website is still under development, so some “headings” do not have any information listed. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
Email address: claimsoffice926@aol.com
Mailing address: MDL 926 Claims Office P.O. Box 56666 Houston, TX 77256
Phone Number: 1-800-600-0311
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Website address: www.mied.uscourts.gov

For a Dow Corning Breast Implant Lawyer contact the Dow Corning Breast Implant Helpline

Our lawyers are private practice lawyers. They are not employed by or affiliated with the Dow Corning Claims Settlement Office. If you hire one they are your advocates for you.

Dow Corning Breast Implant Litigation Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Breast Implant Blog, Breast Implant News, Dow Corning Breast Implant Stories and Sharing, Silicone Poisoning and Silicone Breast Implants

Breast Implant Lawyers Accepting Dow Corning Breast Implant ClaimsOur Breat Implant lawyers are reviewing Dow Corning Breast Implant Claims for women implanted with Dow Corning implants prior to June 1, 1993 and who are registered with the SF-DCT.

We are here to help with your Dow Corning silicone breast implant claims and will connect you with  a female silicone breast Implant lawyer who has been  helping women for 2 decades.  Our lawyers have  helped women obtain settlements for breast implant diseases such as Lupus, Scleroderma and General Connective Tissue Diseases.

DECEMBER 3, 2015

The District Court issued an Order approving the Consent Order To Establish Guidelines for Distributions From The Class 7 Silicone Material Claimants’ Fund. This means that the Court has authorized approved disease claims in Class 7 to be paid and has approved the parties’ agreed interpretation of “marshaling.” The order will become final once the 30-day time period for appeals has expired and no appeals have been filed. Payments can begin once the Order is final. This means that payments will not begin until sometime in January 2016 or thereafter.

 

DECEMBER 1, 2015

Copy of the SFDCT letter sent to claimaints with an approved Disease Option 2 claim regarding Increased Severity – Please note the deadline date of June 2, 2019 is incorrect. The correct deadline date is June 3, 2019. To read the response, click here.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

Omnibus Response to Objections & Submissions Responding to Consent Order to Establish Guidelines for Distribution From Class 7 Silicone Materials Claimants Fund. To read the response, click here.

JULY 29, 2015

Scheduling Order Regarding Consent Order to Establish Guidelines for Distributions from Class 7 Silicone Material Claimants’ Fund. To read the order, click here.

JULY 17, 2015ATTORNEYS:

Wells Fargo, the paying agent for the SF-DCT, requires law firms to provide an updated w-9 before payment can be issued. You can download a copy of the updated w-9 form here. Please complete and return the w-9 to the SF-DCT.

JUNE 12, 2015

Copy of the Notice to Class 7 Claimants Establishing Guidelines mailed by the SFDCT. To read the notice, click here.

JUNE 2, 2015

Judge Hood as issued an Order Authorizing Distribution of the Notice in reference to the Class 7 Consent Order. To read the order, click here.

MAY 26, 2015

CAC FILES MOTION ASKING FOR APPROVAL TO PAY CLASS 7 CLAIMS AND TO RESOLVE THE DISPUTE CONCERNING PREVIOUSLY DENIED “MARSHALING” CLAIMS

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the CAC filed a proposed Consent Order asking the Court to authorize payment of disease claims for Class 7 claimants. Most claimants in Class 7 have been previously paid a $600 Expedited Release Payment, a Foreign Gel Claimant Payment, or a $3,000 Cash-Out Offer. Claimants that rejected the Cash-Out Offer and elected for a full disease review have been waiting for payment on their approved disease claim. With the filing of the motion, the CAC hopes that these claimants can now be paid once the Consent Order is entered by the Court.

In addition, the CAC has reached an agreement with Dow Corning regarding thousands of Class 7 claims that were previously denied by the SF-DCT on the grounds that the claimant allegedly had not “marshaled” their recoveries from their primary manufacturer (Bristol, Baxter). Under this agreement, claims will be reviewed to determine if the claimant was eligible to apply for disease compensation from the Revised Settlement Program. If so, then that claimant cannot apply for the same disease in Class 7. However, if a claimant was not eligible to receive benefits for a particular disease in the RSP, then that claimant may seek compensation from Class 7.

For example, if a claimant was an Other Registrant in the RSP, the only disease option she was eligible for was Disease Option 2 (called Long Term Benefits). Other Registrants were not eligible for Disease Option 1 (Fixed Benefits) and diseases like ACTD. These claimants may now seek compensation for Disease Option 1 from Class 7.

The SF-DCT will re-review the claims that were previously denied and will send eligible claimants either a $600 Expedited Release Payment or $3,000 Cash-Out Payment. The Cash-Out Payment is available only to those claimants who submitted a disease claim in 2006. Claimants may reject the Cash-Out Payment and instead elect for a full disease review; however, if the claim is not approved, they will not be eligible for the Cash-Out Offer again.

 

MAY 4, 2015

The MDL Common Benefit Trust fund has announced that it will offer women who were not compensated for Explantation in either the MDL or Dow Corning Settlement a chance to apply for $5,000 explant payment. For more information about this program, please click here. Please note that this program is not affiliated with either the RSP or Dow Corning Settlement Plan.

If you are having difficulty getting your medical insurance to cover the cost of the explant surgery, there is a new resource for women. The Insurance Coverage Assistance Program will be available to provide advice and assistance on how to assess this Medicare, Medicaid, and health care coverage for issues related to breast implants. This program is to be operated by the National Center for Health Research, a consumer-oriented non-profit group in Washington, D.C., that has helped women seek insurance coverage for breast implant removal. The National Center currently operates the breastimplantinfo.org website. You may email them at info@breastimplantinfo.org with your name and email address for more information, including their toll-free number. If you do not have access to email, you can call them at 202-223-4000.

FEBRUARY 10, 2015

On January 27, 2015, the Court of Appeals reversed the District Court’s authorization to make 50% partial Premium Payments. Fortunately, the SF-DCT has already made 98% of the partial Premium Payments to eligible, approved claimants. This money does not need to be repaid. Claimants can keep the partial Premium Payment checks that were issued to them. Unfortunately, the remaining 2% of claimants who did not receive their partial Premium Payment check (or returned it for reissuance, or who had lost checks) are on hold pending either a consensual resolution to pay their claims or a court order. A copy of the ruling is under the tab “Court Orders.”

February 10, 2015,

CAC filed a petition for rehearing on this ruling, asking the Court of Appeals to reconsider or rehear the issue based on what the CAC believes are two serious legal errors. A copy of the petition is under the tab “Appeals to the 6th Circuit” and then under the sub-tab “Premium Payments.”

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR DOW CORNING BREAST IMPLANT CLAIM CONTACT US TODAY

 

New Silicone Breast Implant Approved

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Dow Corning Breast Implant Stories and Sharing

Breast Implant Helpline keeps you updated on all breast implant news. Years after the Dow Corning Silicone Breast Implant disaster a new silicone breast implant hits the market. The FDA has  approved a  new silicone gel breast implant from Johnson & Johnson.

 Next Generation breast Implant?

The Food and Drug Administration said it has  approved a next-generation silicone breast implant from Mentor, a unit of New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson. Ladies let’s remember who this is. The same folks that bring you the vaginal mesh implant that is ruing lives nationwide. We watch with skepticism. The company’s MemoryShape breast implant uses a cross-linking gel design that the FDA says is firmer than previous implants. FDA regulators approved the new implant for breast enhancement and reconstruction in women at least 22 years old.

Can Silicone Breast Implants Make A Comeback?

Silicone gel implants have made a comeback recently after safety concerns kept them off the market for nearly 25 years.

The FDA banned sales of silicone breast implants in 1992, saying manufacturers had not provided enough medical data showing their safety and effectiveness. At the time, there were worries about a connection to a variety of diseases, including cancer and lupus. Alarming cases of ruptures added to the concern. Women are still waiting on settlements from the Dow Corning Class Actions and a new breast implant explant program has been announced.

An Overview

The FDA said Friday it approved Mentor’s new implant based on studies tracking six years of data in 955 women. The agency said complications with Mentor’s MemoryShape implants were similar to those from previously approved silicone gel implants.

 New Requirements

FDA is requiring Mentor to meet a number of requirements in connection with the new approval, including:

• Tracking the 955 women with the new implant

• Conducting a new study of 2,500 women who receive the new implant

• Evaluating women’s comprehension and perception of the implant’s labeling

• Analyzing any implants that are removed from women and returned to the manufacturer

More than one in five women who get implants for breast enhancement will need to have them replaced within five years, accord to an FDA analysis of company data released in 2011. Despite that relatively high failure rate, FDA regulators concluded that the silicone-gel implants are basically safe, as long as women understand they come with complications. Some critics of the implants say the failure rate may be even higher, since many women have dropped out of the company studies.

We will be watching.

Dow Corning Breast Implant Explant Program, Breast Implant Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Dow Corning Breast Implant Stories and Sharing

You may have received a letter from the Dow Corning Trust explaining a Breast Implant explant program. For help in understanding your rights and to speak to a breast implant explant lawyer contact the Breast Implant Helpline today

There is a Breast Implant Explant Program Deadline

The final deadline to submit an Explant Claim to the SF-DCT is June 2, 2014. You must have acceptable Proof of Manufacturer before you can be considered for the Explant benefit. The Explant benefit is $5,000.00. To qualify for this benefit, you must have your Dow Corning implants removed and not replaced with silicone.

It can take six months or longer to schedule an explant surgery and to obtain the necessary medical records from your surgeon or hospital.  If you are eligible  to apply for this benefit, you should keep this deadline date in mind. Do not  wait  to discuss your  explant surgery with your doctor. This should be done as soon as possible.

What Is Breast Implant  Explant Surgery?

Breast explant surgery  is mplant removal. Explant surgery is the process by which your breast implants are removed from the breasts. Depending upon the reason for the surgery, additional material may be removed.

Dow Corning Explant Benefits Notice

EXPLANT DEADLINE IS JUNE 2, 2014

The Settlement Facility will mail letters to Class 5 and 6 claimants on April 26, 2013 reminding them of the Explant Deadline of June 2, 2014.

What is the Explant Deadline? To be eligible for the $5,000 Explant benefit (Class 5 only), you must have your Dow Corning breast implant removed by June 2, 2014 and you cannot receive another silicone gel breast implant after that. To file a claim, you must submit the Explant Form and the operative statement from the Explant surgery. Only claimants in Class 5 and 6.1 (non-U.S. Dow Corning breast implant claimants) are eligible for the Explant Payment.

June 2, 2014 may seem like a long time away, but our experience has been that it often takes up to 6 months or more to schedule an appointment with your surgeon, schedule the surgery, and obtain the necessary medical reports (such as the Operative Report) to submit a claim by the deadline.

If your Dow Corning breast implant is not removed by June 2, 2014, then you cannot apply for the Explant benefit.There is still money available to help you remove your defective Dow implants. There is money available to help you remove your defective breast implants