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Dow Chemical liable for first time in breast implant suit

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Dow Chemical was found liable for the first time last week for injuries alleged to have been caused by silicone breast implants manufactured by Dow Corning, its 50% joint venture with Corning. A Houston court awarded Gladys Laas and her husband $5.2 million damages, of which Dow Chemical was found liable for 20%. Lawyers for the plaintiffs presented evidence about the company's role in early silicone research and about the fact that its Italian subsidiary, Gruppo Lepetit, had distributed the devices overseas.

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