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Couple Wins Breast Implant Suit

Thu., Feb. 16, 1995, midnight

Jurors awarded $5.2 million today to a woman and her husband for physical problems she claimed were caused by breast implants. The jury rejected a damage claim from another woman.<

The verdict for retired nurse Gladys Laas and her husband calls for Dow Chemical Co. to pay for damages for the first time ever in a breast implant lawsuit.

The jurors, in their 10th day of deliberations, decided that Dow Corning Corp. was responsible for 80 percent of the damages, and its part owner, Dow Chemical, for the rest, lawyers for Ms. Laas said.

Jurors found that another plaintiff, Army Dr. Jennifer Ladner of El Paso, should receive nothing.

Lass, a nurse from Bellville, and Ladner, claimed that their faulty silicone implants caused a range of ailments, from simple fatigue to nerve damage. Lardner also said the implants caused her lupus.

The cases were separate from a $4.2 billion worldwide settlement of most breast implant cases that was approved by a judge in Alabama last year.Although Dow Corning was the main defendant in the Houston trial, experts said the inclusion of its half-owner, Dow Chemical, made the case significant.

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