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In Brief: Breast implant litigation

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Breast implant litigation: Wayne County (Michigan) Circuit Judge Robert Colombo issues summary judgment March 20 dismissing silicone breast implant suits filed in Michigan against Dow Chemical, the company says. Ruling in Dow Chemical's favor, Judge Colombo accepts the company's defense that silicone breast implants were products of Dow Corning Corp., in which Dow Chemical holds a 50% equity stake, and that Dow Chemical never tested silicone products for human implantation. The ruling could impact "approximately 800 cases" filed against Dow Chemical in Michigan, the firm states. Similar rulings in 1996 dismissed Dow Chemical from all suits in New York and California related to the implants. The company currently is seeking summary judgment on silicone implant cases pending in other states...
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