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Bristol-Myers Squibb wins Florida breast implant case.

A jury in Jacksonville, Florida, recently rejected a woman's claims that she was injured by her breast implants (Love v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., No. 94-238-CA (Fla., Duval County Super. Ct. Jan. 26, 1996).

The verdict prompted the winning defendant to urge other plaintiff to accept the settlement currently offered by implant manufacturers rather than take their chances in court.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. announced its victory in a press release the day of the verdict. "The verdict serves as a reminder of the risks of litigation versus the certainty of participating in the settlement," said John McGoldrick, the company's general counsel. The settlement "provides much more certainty, and claimants are provided compensation without having to prove causation."

The plaintiff, Yaren Love, alleged that her Bristol-Myers implants caused severe pain, inflammation, and tissue damage. According to a paralegal in the office of Love's attorney, C. Wayne Alford of Jacksonville, Love chose to take her case to a jury because she believed the settlement offer would have provided her with inadequate compensation--about $10,000 to $20,000.

Attorneys for women with implants have criticized the offer as insufficient and predicted more trials than would have occurred under the original global settlement, which collapsed last year. (Breast Implant Makers Offer New Settlement; Dow Chemical Stays Out, TRIAL, Jan. 1996, at 14.
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