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Implant Jury Says Insurers Must Pay

Thu., Feb. 15, 1996

Dow Corning’s insurers must bear the costs of fighting or settling breast-implant lawsuits, a jury ruled Wednesday in a verdict that could mean more money for women suing the manufacturer.

The ruling could cost the insurers as much as $1 billion. An insurance company attorney said the insurers will appeal.

The state jury found that Dow Corning neither misrepresented the risks of implants nor concealed any significant facts from the insurers that wrote liability coverage for Dow Corning, a maker of silicone-gel breast implants.

The insurers, including Employers Insurance of Wausau and Allstate Insurance Co., sold product-liability policies to Dow Corning from 1962 to 1985.


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