Losing ground

Published: Saturday 15 July 1995

Buried under the weight of injury claims filed by thousands of women who have used silicone breast implants, the Dow Corning Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection in a federal court in Bay City, Michigan, US in May. This move will preempt all new lawsuits and efforts to settle existing litigation against the company. More than 1 million American women have had breast implants, the majority of them using products made by Dow Corning. Those aggrieved say that ruptured or leaking implants have caused a variety of cancers and autoimmune diseases.

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