Opt-out deadline approaches for breast implant pact.Women who claim they suffer illnesses caused by breast implants Breast Implants Definition
Breast implantation is a surgical procedure for enlarging the breast. Breast-shaped sacks made of a silicone outer shell and filled with silicone gel or saline (salt water), called implants, are used. have until June 17 to opt out of a massive class-action settlement in the federal multidistrict litigation A procedure provided by federal statute (28 U.S.C.A. § 1407) that permits civil lawsuits with at least one common (and often intricate) Question of Fact that have been pending in different federal district courts to be transferred and consolidated for pretrial proceedings . The agreement, reached after two years of negotiations between plaintiffs' attorneys and lawyers for implant manufacturers, provides more than $4 billion to pay claims over the next 30 years.
Judge Sam C. Pointer of the Northern District of Alabama gave the settlement preliminary approval in April. (In re Silicone Gel Breast Implant breast implant, saline- or silicone-filled prosthesis used after mastectomy as a part of the breast reconstruction process or used cosmetically to augment small breasts. Products Liability Litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
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An expanded agreement approved two weeks later includes Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co. (3M), Union Carbide Corp., and several smaller implant manufacturers and materials suppliers. Their contributions bring the settlement fund to roughly $4.2 billion.
Women who received implants before June 1, 1993, will be eligible for payments ranging from $150,000 to $2 million. The amount will depend on the type and severity of their illness and the age at which their symptoms first appeared. Claimants will not be required to prove that their illnesses--including scleroderma scleroderma
or progressive systemic sclerosis
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In addition to the disease compensation program, the settlement includes money for ongoing medical evaluation of women with implants and for implant removal. It will also compensate women whose implants have ruptured but who are not ill.
The pact includes safety valves for both plaintiffs and defendants. Women may choose to bypass the settlement and proceed to trial; however, if a defendant believes too many women have taken this route, the company may pull out of the agreement. Likewise, attorneys for the class may withdraw their clients as a group if, in their view, a defendant's withdrawal effectively sinks the agreement.
Pointer has scheduled a formal fairness hearing on the settlement for August 18, after which he will decide whether to give it his final approval.