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NATIONAL CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST DOW CORNING AND DU PONT FOR TMJ IMPLANTS

 WOODBRIDGE, N.J., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer:
 A class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey Federal Court was served today on Dow Corning Corporation and E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. (NYSE: DD) on behalf of thousands who are suffering or may suffer injuries from jaw implants. These companies have been involved in the sale, marketing, production and manufacture of or have supplied component products for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) implants.
 TMJ implants are a disk-style prosthesis implanted in the human jaw to replace the natural disk that aids in the articulation or motion of the jaw. According to the complaint filed by Christopher Placitella, of the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, Woodbridge, N.J., "silicone and teflon from the implants allegedly lead to such bodily injuries as facial and neck pain, respiratory difficulties, severe headache, mental confusion, fatigue, swelling, vertigo, tumors and autoimmune-type syndrome." Studies have shown, Placitella's complaint states, that many patients with Du Pont's Teflon TMJ implants demonstrate progressive bone degeneration.
 Because of the failure of these implants, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert in late 1990 recommending regular radiographic examinations of the implants every six months for as long as it remains in the jaw.
 The commercialization of artificial TMJ devices in the United States began in the mid 1960s to surgically correct limited jaw openings. Placitella explained that the popularity of the artificial TMJ devices escalated from a few in the 1960s to 25,000 when the FDA issued the safety alert and device recall.
 The eight plaintiffs who filed this complaint are from New Jersey, Iowa and Florida and represent all individuals suffering from similar TMJ implant complications and failure, either now or in the future. In addition to Placitella, lawyers from South Carolina and Wisconsin are listed as counsel, including Ronald Motley and Thomas Rogers of Ness, Motley, Loadholt, Richardson & Poole, Charleston, S.C.; Ted Warshafsky of Warshafsky, Rotter, Tarnoff, Gesler, Reinhardt & Black of Milwaukee; and Philip Pahigian, also of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer.
 The complaint calls for medical monitoring of the individual plaintiffs as a result of damage to soft tissue and bone from their implants and the resulting damages or future damages incurred by members of the class.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Copies of the complaint are available/
 /CONTACT: Christopher Placitella, Esq., of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, 908-855-6094, or home, 908-303-9192/
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CO: Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer; Dow Corning Corporation;
 E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. ST: New Jersey IN: SU:


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