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The Next Stop for Plastic Surgeons Will be Bankruptcy Court The next stop for 200 plastic surgeons from Pennsylvania in their case against Dow Corning will be bankruptcy court. After having met the January 15 deadline for filing proofs of claim in the Dow Corning bankruptcy, they moved for permission to file a class wide proof of claim and for class certification. The Committee for Tort Claimants and the Committee Representing Unsecured Creditors joined the defendant Dow Corning in objecting to the motion. A hearing before Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Spector is scheduled for April 14, 1997. The lawsuit, Hurwitz,et. al. vs. Dow Corning, Inc. et. al, was originally filed in July 1994 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Courts against Dow Corning, Baxter International, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Corp. The Class is defined as “All persons licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as medical doctors who have also demonstrated learned methods and proficiency in the medical specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery, as demonstrated by certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, a credentialing body; and have performed breast reconstructive or cosmetic surgery on women in Pennsylvania since 1975, utilizing silicone gel implant devises manufactured or sold by one or more of the defendant class members…” read more

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