History of Breast Silicone Implant Litigation – 1977-1999

The 22-year history of breast implant litigation provides us with a most important lesson. Specifically, scientific study must precede commerce and marketing. Even if the scientific data is provided after the fact, it does not stop a legal disaster from unfolding. The lack of this data in the 1990s led to a 14-year ban on silicone gel implants, billions spent in two class action suits, over 20,000 individual lawsuits, and the temporary collapse of an entire industry. The following attempts to summarize this story: Vagina Bodysuit with Sleeves Buttocks Pad Fake Pussy B07M68KPDB

1977: A Houston attorney won the first breast implant lawsuit for a Cleveland woman who claimed her implants had caused pain and suffering. She received a $170,000 settlement from Dow Corning and the case received little publicity.

1980s: Raph Naders Public Citizen Research Group sent out warnings that silicone breast implants cause cancer.

1984: A California attorney won a case for Maria Stern who claimed that her autoimmune disease was caused by her breast implants. Evidence was introduced from Dow Cornings own internal documents that they had been aware of high rupture rates and gel bleed with the second-generation implants. Expert witnesses theorized the siliconeimmune link for the first time. The San Francisco court awarded $211,000 in compensatory damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages.

1990: A television program, Face to Face with Connie Chung aired, discussing the dangers of silicone gel-filled breast implants. Public concern mounted, and a Congressional hearing was held on the safety of breast implants.

July, 1991: Dow Corning released 329 studies to the FDA. In a separate lawsuit against Baxter/Heyer-Schulte, an Alabama court awarded a $5.4 million settlement to Brenda Toole, who showed only preliminary symptoms of systemic autoimmune disease, but had silicone in her lymph nodes. Expert witnesses stated that she was thus at increased risk of developing autoimmune disease.

December, 1991: Attorney Dan Bolton, who won the case for Maria Stern, won another case for Mariann Hopkins who claimed that her mixed connective tissue disease was linked to her ruptured silicone breast implants.

February, 1992: A class action lawsuit was filed in Cincinnati by Stan Chesley. The hope was to compensate women at a faster rate than filing individual lawsuits. The FDA Panel recommended that the further use of silicone implants be limited for reconstruction o

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