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BREAST IMPLANT LAWSUIT FILED BY DETROIT LAW FIRM

 BREAST IMPLANT LAWSUIT FILED BY DETROIT LAW FIRM
 DETROIT, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- At 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, the


Detroit law firm of Charfoos & Christensen, P.C., will file a single lawsuit on behalf of eight women and six of their husbands against Dow Corning Corporation, Mentor Corporation, Surgitek/Medical Engineering Corporation, Bristol-Meyers, Squibb Company, McGhan Medical Corporation, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, and Dow Corning Wright Corporation.
 This lawsuit, to be filed in the Wayne County Circuit Court, contains the claims of eight women and six husbands who currently reside in the counties of Wayne, Washtenaw, Genesee, Oakland, Berrien and Macomb.
 This lawsuit is being filed under a special Michigan court rule (MCR 2.206(a)(1)), which allows plaintiffs from varying venues to file in a joint action where injuries arise out of the same transaction or series of transactions and involve common questions of law and fact as to all the plaintiffs; and where the same relief is requested from a group of defendants who have acted in a similar fashion and are responsible for making a similar product. An additional purpose of this procedural tool, previously employed by Charfoos & Christensen, P.C., in the Toxic Shock Syndrome/Tampon litigation, is that it saves litigation costs and avoids burdening many different courts across the state with a number of individual claims that are essentially similar.
 Additional plaintiffs will be added to this suit as the specific medical facts of their cases are developed.
 The plaintiffs claim that some or all of the defendant silicone breast implant manufacturers were negligent, breached warranties of fitness, engaged in willful and wanton misconduct, and engaged in fraudulent conduct, all of which caused injuries to the plaintiffs.
 Some of the injuries claimed by the various plaintiffs in this lawsuit include: swollen lymph nodes, joint pain, extreme fatigue, acid-like burning of the skin, memory loss, lupus-like symptoms, arthritis-like symptoms and paralysis.
 The complaint asks for damages in excess of $10,000, solely to satisfy the jurisdictional requirements of the Wayne County Circuit Court. It is anticipated that the actual dollar demands will run into the millions. Plaintiffs' claims request compensation and punitive/exemplary damages from the defendant silicone breast implant manufacturers.
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 /NOTE: For further information or for a copy of the complaint, CONTACT: Cynthia R. Burdick of Charfoos & Christensen, 313-963-8080/ CO: Charfoos & Christensen, P.C.; Dow Corning Corporation ST: Michigan IN: MTC SU:


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