Sybil Niden Goldrich
Ernest Hornsby, Esq.
Dianna Pendleton-Dominguez, Esq.

Volume 4, No. 10, December 19, 2007

This is the 40th e-newsletter (Vol. 4, No. 10) from the Claimants’ Advisory Committee (CAC) in the Dow Corning bankruptcy Settlement Plan. You were sent a copy of the newsletter because our records show that you requested to be on the mailing list. If you wish to unsubscribe or to reply to this newsletter, send an email to: Please do not hit “Reply” to this email address. Please use the email address:

Requests for copies of claim forms or inquiries about the status of a claim should be directed to the Settlement Facility at or 866-874-6099. The Claimants’ Advisory Committee does not have access to individual claimant files to answer these kinds of questions.


On December 12, 2007, the District Court signed the “Agreed Order Modifying Certain Final Disease Cure Deadlines.” The Agreed Order applies only to persons who have received a deficiency notice from the SF-DCT on their disease claim for one of the following diseases or conditions: Scleroderma, General Connective Tissue Symptoms (GCTS), Atypical Neurological Disease Snydrome (ANDS), Systemic Lupus, and/or Atypical Connective Tissue Disease (ACTD). Listed below are the new dates for release of claim criteria and new cure deadlines. Please read the Agreed Order carefully for further information. A copy of the Agreed Order is available on the CAC’s website ( under the heading “Court Orders.”

Disease/Condition Date for release of written information on disease and disability criteria New Cure Deadline
Systemic Sclerosis / Scleroderma (SS) February 18, 2008 August 18, 2008
General Disease and Disability Claim Guidelines February 18, 2008 N/A
General Connective Tissue Symptoms (GCTS) April 1, 2008 October 1, 2008
Atypical Neurological Disease Syndrome (ANDS) May 1, 2008 November 1, 2008
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) June 13, 2008 December 15, 2008
Atypical Connective Tissue Disease (ACTD) August 1, 2008 February 2, 2009


The SF-DCT recently reported that it had substantially reduced the backlog to process Disease Option 1 claims. The wait time now is approximately 6-7 weeks. Please note that this wait time may change depending on the number of new disease claims filed and the number of requests for “Re-Review” of deficient claims that are filed in the future.


The Settlement Facility mailed information about the NOI settlement to all eligible NOI claimants or their attorneys on October 19, 2007. The deadline to file a written rejection was December 19, 2007. No rejections were received. The SF-DCT has begun to process Proof of Manufacturer, Explant, Rupture and Disease claims for NOI claimants and will issue the first batch of payments in early February 2008. Approved claims will continue to be paid on a monthly basis thereafter.


On December 12, 2007, the District Court entered an order approving the “Consent Order To Establish Guidelines For Distributions From, And To Clarify The Allocation Of, The Covered Other Products Fund.” The Consent Order authorizes the SF-DCT to make distributions of “Additional Payments” and “Premium Payments” to claimants in Classes 9 and 10 (10.1 and 10.2) who have an approved Medical Condition claim. Class 9 and 10 claimants who received an Expedited Release Payment are not eligible for the Additional and Premium Payments.

Below is a chart showing the total number of Class 9 and 10 claims filed and paid to date:

PROOF OF MANUFACTURER 7230 7209 2499     35%
EXPEDITED RELEASE 3937 1514 1532 1730 $1,653,295.10 100%
RUPTURE (Chin and Testicular) 561 118 25 24 $116,000.00 21%
INFLAMMATORY FOREIGN BODY RESP. (TMJ, finger, wrist, toe, knee & hip) 1728 668 372 326 $1,665,000.00 56%
IMPLANT FAILURE (TMJ, finger wrist, toe knee, hip & testicular) 2322 794 104 94 $496,500.00 13%
TMJ ENHANCED 1268 352 35 33 $395,500.00 10%
TOTALS 17,046 10,655 4,567 2,207 $4,326,295.10 N/A


Through November 30, 2007, the Settlement Facility has approved and paid almost 100,000 claims totalling $939,797,496. Of this, approximately $920 million has been paid to Dow Corning breast implant claimants.

Proof of Manufacture Reviews for Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2

Through NOVEMBER 30, 2007, the SF-DCT has received 75,057 Proof of Manufacturer claim forms in Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2 (Dow Corning Breast Implant Claims). Of this number, 61,136 or 81% have acceptable proof of at least one Dow Corning breast implant. Of the 61,136 Dow Corning claimants, over 33% (one-third) or 20,598 women have been approved for a Rupture claim for their Dow Corning silicone gel breast implant.

CLASS 5, 6.1 AND 6.2
RUPTURE 20,598 70% | 45% $401,689,477.42
EXPLANT 26,947 99% | 94% $130,891,144.43
EXPLANT ASSISTANCE 508 89% | 50% $2,520,141.10
INCREASE EXPLANT (6.2 ONLY) 40 N/A | 87% $120,000.00
EXPEDITED RELEASE 16,037 90% | 71% $30,099,840.39
DISEASE OPTION 1 19,243 87% | 49% $283,984,205.65
DISEASE OPTION 2 566 79% | 22% $70,724,771.62
TOTAL 83,939 N/A $920,029,580.61
Note: The approval percentages for Disease Options 1 and 2 include those claims that were previously approved by the MDL 926 Claims Office and are “pass through” claims in the Settlement Facility (i.e., the claimant had an implant from Bristol, Baxter or 3M and a breast implant from Dow Corning and has applied to receive 50% of her disease award in the Dow Corning case). As a result, the percentage of approved Disease claims processed by the Settlement Facility is actually lower.

Class 7 – Silicone Gel Material Claims

Approximately 11,585 claimants in Class 7 – Silicone Gel Material Claims – have been approved for either an Expedited Release Payment ($600) or a Disease Cash-Out Offer ($3,000). Total payments to date from the Class 7 Fund are $15.5 million. The total fund is $57.5 million NPV. The Settlement Facility continues to review Proof of Manufacturer claims in Class 7 and expects to complete all Proof of Manufacturer reviews within the next year. As Proof of Manufacturer claims are approved, the Settlement Facility will send either the Expedited Release Payment to claimants who selected this option or a Disease Cash-Out Offer to claimants who selected the disease review. There are approximately 11,336 Proof of Manufacturer files pending review, and 1,729 Disease claims pending review. At this time, the SF-DCT is not processing Class 7 Disease claims.

Class 7 – Silicone Gel Material Claims
# Class 7 Forms Filed 54,450
# of claims that are NOT eligible based on POM review 30,260
Foreign Gel Claims Approved & Paid $600 598
Expedited Release Claims Approved & Paid $600 5,590
Disease Cash-Out Offer of $3,000 mailed 5,397
TOTAL # of Claims Paid 9,277
TOTAL AMT PAID $15,441,620


On November 29, 2007, the SF-DCT released an updated list of doctors whose statement about their exclusive use of Dow Corning breast implants are being accepted by the SF-DCT. The SF-DCT reports that this list may continue to change in the future as Class 7 claims are reviewed and conflicting information about a doctor’s exclusive use of Dow Corning breast implants is noted.

Adrichem, Dr. LNA Van The Netherlands 1965 – 1991
Agris, Dr. Joseph Houston, TX 1982
Allen, Dr. John Little Rock, AR 1974 – 1978
Allen, Dr. Thomas Little Rock, AR 1967 – 1980
Altaney, Dr. Franklin Charlotte, NC 1972
Anders, Dr. Christopher Woking, Surrey
United Kingdom
Arends, Dr. Norman J. Eastpointe, MI 1966 – 1976
Arnold, Dr. J. Harold Greenville, SC 1979
Au, Dr. Victor K. Burlington, NC All Years
AZVU Facility Amsterda
Bailey, Dr. Bruce Aylesbury, Bucks
United Kingdom
All Years
Banfield, Dr. Ernest Tacoma, WA 1977
Bartlett, Dr. Sylvan Odessa, TX 1981, 1983
Barton, Dr. Morris Phoenix, AZ 1967- 1975
Beasley Jr, Dr. Gerald L. Duncan, OK All Years
Beehan, Dr. Patrick Hamilton
New Zealand
1985 – 1986
Beg, Dr. Saeed Irving, TX 1981, 1983, 1986
Bell, Dr. Gordon Washington, D.C. 1971
Berg, Dr. Elliot M. Baltimore, MD 1964 – 1973
Biggs, Dr. Thomas Houston, TX 1972 - 1973, 1977 - 1978, 1980 – 1983
Blake, Dr. Graeme Merivale, Christchurch
New Zealand
1979 - 1980, 1983 - 1984, 1990
Bloomenstein, Dr. Richard Englewood, NJ 1969, 1972
Bowen, Dr. John London
United Kingdom
1974 - 1979
1982 – 1988
Broomhead, Dr. I. W. United Kingdom 1977
Brown, Dr. Earl New Zealand 1980
Brucker, Dr. Perry Fort Wayne, IN 1968
Buffington, Dr. F.C. Norman, OK All Years
Bumagin, Dr. Michael S. Fort Worth, TX All Years
Bussey, Dr. Joseph G. Austell, GA 1970 – 1982
Calcinai, Dr. Colin Wellington, New Zealand 1976, 1981
Caplitz, Dr. I.W. Mukegon County, MI 1968
Carrel, Dr. Jeffrey M. Buffalo, NY 1970 – 1989
Ceber, Dr. Simon Kew, Victoria Australia 1976
Church, Dr. James Escott New Zealand All Years
Cipcic, Dr. J.A. Steubenville, OH All Years
Clarendon, Dr. Colin C.D. Memphis, TN 1972 – 1976
Clayton, Dr. James M. Provo, Utah 1981 – 1990
Cochran, Dr. Thomas C. Boston, MA 1972, 1978
Comess, Dr. Morton Phoenix, AZ All Years
Constanza, Dr. Landelino Guatemala 1977
Corbin, Dr. Frederic H. Brea, CA 1984 – 1990
DeProphetis, Dr. Nino Wallingford, PA All Years
Dibble, Dr. Wayne R. Haverhill, MA 1980 – 1982
Dotson, Dr. Daniel A. Graham, TX All Years
Dubin, Dr. Bruce Newport Beach, CA 1986 – 1989
Duckett, Dr. James Oklahoma City, OK 1966 – 1971
Duffy, Dr. Michael M. San Antonio, TX All Years
Dyer, Dr. Peggy Baton Rouge, LA 1975 – 1980
Easterly, James Winter Park, FL All Years
El Sigai, Dr. Ahmed Germany 1988
Elam, Dr. Michael Newport Beach, CA 1978, 1982-1986
Estima, Dr. Antonio Costa Brazil 1976
Ewalt, Dr. Donald H. El Paso, TX 1967 – 1974
Finger, Dr. E. Ronald Savannah, GA 1975
Florman, Dr. Larry D. Louisville, KY 1974 – 1984
Foster, Dr. Lawrence South Lake Tahoe, CA 1970 – 1974
Fowlow, Dr. W.A. Calgary, Alberta CANADA 1972 - 1977, 1981
Frederickson, Dr. Eric Allan Hingham, MA 1970 – 1985
Fromm, Dr. Harold E. Rapid City, SD All Years
Gallagher, Dr. Pamela M. Mineola, NY 1980, 1984, 1985
Garcia, Dr. F.A. Denver, CO All Years
Garre, Dr. William C. Dallas, TX 1972
Gaska, Dr. Walter Springfield, MO All Years
Gaston, Dr. Erskin A. Dallas, TX 1970 – 1979
Gilbert, Dr. Stephen New Zealand 1983 – 1986
Gilman Hospital St. Mary's, GA All Years
Given, Dr. Kenna Augusta, GA 1978
Gorman, Dr. John B. Oxnard, CA 1986 – 1987
Goulian, Dr. Dicran New York, NY 1971 – 1975
Griffiths, Dr. Cadvan O. Los Angeles, CA All Years
Gsell, Dr. F. Germany 1970 – 1979
Guerra, Dr. Cesar H. Amarillo, TX 1974 – 1979
Habal, Dr. Mutaz Tampa, FL 1983 – 1985
Hackett, Dr. M.E.J. Essex
United Kingdom
1983 – 1988
Halbert, Dr. David S. Abilene, TX 1975 – 1976
Harris, David L. United Kingdom 1987
Hause, Dr. Dwight Corpus Christi, TX All Years
Herman, Dr. Steven New York, NY Prior to 1981
Heycock, Dr. M.H. United Kingdom 1974 – 1979
Hilbun, Dr. Glyn R. Pascagoula, MS All Years
Hirsche, Dr. Blayne L. Provo, Utah 1982 – 1990
Hirshowitz, Dr. Bernard Israel 1971 and 1984
Hobby, Dr. J. A. E. Salsibury, United Kingdom 1977, 1988
Howe, Dr. Robert E. Birmingham, AL 1972 – 1978
Huttner, Dr. Donald Westminister, CO 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985
Illiescu, Dr. John Reno, Nevda 1974 – 1979
Jackson, Dr. Ian T. United Kingdom 1972 – 1979
Jatoi, Dr. Alimadad Bedford, TX All Years
Kauffmann, Dr. Adolph F. Fort Worth, Texas 1970 – 1974
Klein, Dr. Daniel Brooklyn, NY All Years
Koire, Dr. Bernard Los Angeles, CA 1968 – 1969
Kruggel, Dr. John San Diego, CA 1968 – 1974
Kunze, Dr. Hans-Henning Germany 1970 – 1979
Lamaker, Dr. J.H. Netherlands 1970 – 1979
Lapin, Dr. Ronald Norwalk, CA 1974 – 1979
Levin, Dr. Samuel South Africa 1977 – 1985
Liechavicius, Dr. Nelson Brazil 1978
Lindsay, Dr. John Fort Worth, TX 1978 – 1984
Lovie, Dr. Maxwell J. New Zealand 1968 – 1973
Lu, Dr. Milton M. Lancaster, PA 1971 – 1974
Manchester, Dr. William M. New Zealand All Years
Mansel, Dr. R.E. Wales, United Kingdom 1980 - 1986, 1990
Maraist, Dr. Donald J. Jefferson County, TX All Years
Marienhospital Stuttgart Hospital Germany 1970 – 1992
Martin, Dr. Fred R. Tulsa, OK 1979 – 1983
Martin, Dr. Mary M. Cincinnati, OH All Years
Mauldin, Dr. Howard P. Oklahoma City, OK 1977
McCarty, Dr. Gordon E. Phillips County, AR All Years
McCurdy, Dr. William C. Norman, OK 1982 – 1984
McCurdy, Dr. John A. Wailuku, Honolulu, Hi 1983 – 1986
McDougall, Dr. Ian A. Australia 1979, 1990
McKeon, Dr. James New Orleans, LA 1973
Mehrotra, Dr. Onka New Zealand All Years
Miliken, Dr. Thomas New Zealand All Years
Millard-Henry Clinic Russellville, AR 1977 – 1980
Mitts, Dr.Thomas F. Fresno, CA 1988-1991
Montgomery, Dr. Wally Paducah, KY All Years
Mountfort, Dr. Paul New Zealand 1968 – 1985
Moyd, Dr. Pickens Hartsville, SC 1975 – 1976
Nichol, Dr. Tom D. Louisville, KY 1974 – 1980
Olivari, Dr. Neven Germany All Years
Ozment, Dr. Kerry Little Rock, AR 1970 – 1975
Pastseavouras, Dr. Louie Gtreensboro, NC 1974 – 1979
Peddy, Dr. Robert B. Lakeland, FL All Years
Pflugbeil, Dr. Ernst Germany 1970 – 1975
Phillips, Dr. Curtis Jacksonville, FL 1973 – 1980
Pilnet, Dr. Frank St. Paul, MN 1973 – 1975
Pinkner, Dr. Lawrence D. Owings Mills and Westminster, MD All Years
Pullman, Dr. Norman K. Wichita, KS All Years
Quiroz, Dr. Alejandro San Deigo, CA 1991
Ramselaar, Dr. J.M. The Netherlands 1976 – 1991
Rappaport, Dr. Irving Tustin, CA 1970, 1978
Reid, Dr. William Henry Glascow, United Kingdom 1974 – 1984
Robbins, Dr. Lawrence B. Miami, FL All Years
Robertson, Dr. James G. Miami, FL 1967 and 1974 – 1978
Robinson, Dr. O. Gordon Birmingham, Alabama to 12/31/1973
Rogers, Dr. Charles S. Bay City, MI All Years
Rossell, Dr. Enrique Guatemala 1975 – 1978
Rygiel, Dr. Witold Lake Havasu City, AZ 1974 – 1985
Schultz, Dr. K.D. Germany 1976, 1979
Schwartz, Dr. Ralph Livonia, MIy 1974
Shaheen, Dr. Albert H. Utica, NY All Years
Shepard, Dr. Glen Newport News, VA 1973 - 1974
1976 – 1978
Sherman, Dr. Stanley Aventura, FL 1975, 1981, 1985
Simon, Dr. Duncan New Zealand 1972 – 1987
Simpson, Dr. John Wellington, New Zealand 1989 – 1991
Sint Franciscus Gasthuis (facility) The Netherlands 1965 – 1991
Slater, Dr. Paul Cheyenne, WY 1979
Smith, Dr. Burwell R. Charleston, SC 1977 – 1980
Sommerlad, Dr. Brian C. Essex
Spira, Dr. Melvin Houston, TX 1972 , 1974 - 1982
1987 - 1989
St. Antonius Hospital Amsterdam, Netherlands 1973, 1976, 1979 - 1980, 1982 – 1984
Stark, Dr. Richard B. New York, NY All Years
Steen, Dr. Alan St. Helena, CA 1970 – 1974
Steen, Dr. Alan M. St. Helena, California 1970 – 1974
Stillwell, Dr. James Tacoma, WA 1977
Terino, Dr. Edward Thosand Oaks, CA 1970
Thompson, Dr. R.V.S. Cooma, Pambula, and Tura Beach, NSW Austalia All Years
Tombini, Dr. Sergio LaGuna Niguel, CA 1973
Trusler, Dr. H. Marshall Carmel, IN 1975 – 1978
Uebel, Dr. Carlos Porto Alegre
1986 – 1989
University Of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston, TX 1969 – 1975
Vincent, Dr. John Robert Memphis, TN 1968 – 1974
Wagner, Dr. Kurt Boca Raton, Florida 1966 - 1/1/1972
Walker, Dr. Peter New Zealand 1985 – 1986
Wallace, Anthony F. Essex
United Kingdom
All Years
Ward, Dr. Christopher M. London
United Kingdom
1979 – 1985
Weatherly, Dr. Weatherly-White Denver, CO 1968 – 1975
Weiner, Daniel New York, NY 1990 - 1/1/1992
Wilhelmsen, Dr. Hans Baltimore, MD 1970 - 1972, 1974
Wilkinson, Dr. Tolbert S. San Antonio, Texas 1972 – 1973
Williams, Dr. John New Zealand 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979-1980, 1990
Williams, Dr. John E. Beverly Hills, CA 1965 – 1970
Wilson, Dr. H Keith Forbes New Zealand 1972, 1980 – 1984
Wilson, Dr. John M. Darlington, SC All Years
Wood, Dr. W. Graham Clarksville, AR 1988
Wood, Dr. W. Graham Newport Beach, CA 1991
Worthern, Dr. Eugene Monroe, LA 1965 – 1980
Wynn-Williams, Dr. David Nottingham
United Kingdom
1968, 1974, 1976
Yarn, Dr. Charles Atlanta, GA All Years
Zahorsky, Dr. Carroll Overland Park, KS 1971
Zeller, Dr. Frank Winter Haven, FL All Years
Zielinski, Dr. Victor Sydney
NSW Australia
All Years
Zufi, Dr. David Coral Gables, FL 1974 - 1975, 1983


Certain late claimants who filed a late claim request with the Court dated on or before June 1, 2007 and received by the court on or before June 5, 2007 are being given an opportunity to participate in the Settlement Facility. On December 12, 2007, the District Court entered an order approving a settlement reached by the CAC and Dow Corning that offers late claimants in Groups 1 – 7 whose claim has not been otherwise dismissed or withdrawn an opportunity to file a claim and receive limited benefits provided they meet the eligibility and claim criteria in the Joint Plan. A copy of the order is available on the CAC’s website ( Please note that no new late claim requests will be accepted. The settlement applies only to late claim requests in Groups 1 – 7. The deadline for late claimants to file a claim for benefits is January 21, 2009. Please note that this deadline does NOT apply to timely filed and NOI claimants.


We realize that there are a number of motions that have been fully briefed and argued that are pending with the District Court. We do not have any information on when the court may rule. We will continue to inquire about when claimants may expect a ruling and/or payment on their disputed claims.


Please mark your calendar with the claim submission deadlines. Please note that most of these deadlines mean that your claim forms and materials must be received by the SF-DCT by the posted deadline. Please mail all forms early enough so that they are received by the deadline listed below. If your claim form is not received by the deadline listed below, you will not be permitted to file a claim later.

Deadline Date Type of Deadline
April 2, 2008 Cure Deadline for certain claimants who previously filed a claim for Polymyositis or Dermatomyositis (consult the SFDCT about your specific cure deadline)
May 1, 2008 Cure Deadline for certain claimants who previously filed a claim for Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome (PSS), Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) or Overlap Syndrome (OS) (consult the SF-DCT about your specific cure deadline)
August 18, 2008 Cure Deadline for certain claimants who previously filed a claim for Systemic Sclerosis / Scleroderma (consult the SF-DCT about your specific cure deadline)
October 1, 2008 Cure Deadline for certain claimants who previously filed a claim for General Connective Tissue Symptoms (consult the SF-DCT about your specific cure deadline)
October 20, 2008 NOI CLAIMANTS’ Deadline to submit Explant and/or Rupture claims – Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2 (this deadline only applies to NOI claimants; it does NOT apply to timely filed claimants)
November 1, 2008 Cure Deadline for certain claimants who previously filed a claim for Atypical Neurological Disease Syndrome (ANDS) (consult the SF-DCT about your specific cure
December 15, 2008 Cure Deadline for certain claimants who previously filed a claim for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) (consult the SF-DCT about your specific cure deadline)
January 21, 2009 FILING DEADLINE for all LATE CLAIMANTS to submit all claim forms and supporting documents. This deadline only applies to LATE CLAIMANTS.
February 2, 2009 Cure Deadline for certain claimants who previously filed a claim for Atypical Connective Tissue Disease (ACTD) (consult the SF-DCT about your specific cure deadline)
June 2, 2014 Explant Claims submission deadline for timely filed claimants in Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2 (NOTE: this deadline does NOT apply to NOI claimants or Late Claimants)
June 3, 2019 Disease or Expedited Release Claim submission deadline for all claims in Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2 (this deadline does NOT apply to Late Claimants)

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