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

CLAIMANTS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE E-NEWSLETTER
Volume 4, No. 9, October 31, 2007



This is the 39th e-newsletter (Vol. 4, No. 9) 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: info@tortcomm.org. Please do not hit "Reply" to this email address. Please use the email address: info@tortcomm.org.

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



1. SF-DCT RELEASES CLAIMS CRITERIA INFORMATION FOR 3 DISEASES AND CONDITIONS IN THE PLAN: PRIMARY SJOGREN’S SYNDROME (PSS), MIXED CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE (MCTD) AND OVERLAP SYNDROME (OS)

Pursuant to an "Agreed Order Resetting Final Disease Cure Deadlines" entered by the Court on June 15, 2007, the SF-DCT will release claims criteria information for three eligible diseases in the Plan: Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome (PSS), Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) and Overlap Syndrome (OS) on November 1, 2007. Copies of all three documents are available on the CAC website (www.tortcomm.org) under the heading "Disease Claims" or on the SF-DCT website (www.sfdct.com). Claimants who applied for one of these diseases but received a deficiency notice about that claim will be sent a letter from the SF-DCT regarding a final cure deadline of May 1, 2008.

The next scheduled release of information will be on December 3, 2007 concerning Systemic Lupus Erythamtosus (SLE) and Systemic Scleroderma (SS). Information on General Connective Tissue Symptoms (GCTS), Atypical Neurological Disease Syndrome (ANDS) and Atypical Connective Tissue Disease (ACTD) will be released on January 3, 2008. We are also working with the SF-DCT about release of general disease and disability guideline information and hope to have that available soon.


2. FINANCE COMMITTEE RELEASES UPDATED MEMORANDUM REGARDING THE SECOND QUARTER 2007 REPORT FROM THE INDEPENDENT ASSESSOR

The Finance Committee recently posted a Memorandum from the Independent Assessor regarding the second quarter of 2007 on its website. A copy of the Memorandum is also available on the CAC website (www.tortcomm.org). The Memorandum states in part that:

"The Independent Assessor of the Settlement Facility - Dow Corning Trust (SF-DCT) reviewed the liabilities and assets of the facility as of the end of the second quarter of 2007 and estimated that the facility would remain solvent under each of a range of liability and asset assumptions tested. Until patterns of filing and claims acceptance become more certain, use of the current estimates for the purpose of determining whether premium payments can be made is premature."


3. STATUS OF NOI SETTLEMENT

The Settlement Facility mailed information about the NOI settlement to all eligible NOI claimants or their attorneys on October 19, 2007. Only those claimants who are eligible for the settlement will receive the package of information.

If you receive the NOI package, please read it carefully and, if you are represented by an attorney, consult with him or her about the settlement. If you want to accept the settlement, you need to complete the “NOI Acceptance Form” that is enclosed in the package (you can also download a copy of the form on the CAC website under “NOI/Rule 3005 Issues.) If you still have your bar coded labels with your name and address on them, you can use these labels on the form. If you do not have your labels, go ahead and write your name and address on the form. You do not need your labels to complete and return the form but you do need to fill in the information box so the Settlement Facility can identify and locate your claim. While you can call the Settlement Facility’s toll free number (866-874-6099) to get labels mailed to you, this is not necessary. The sooner you return the Acceptance Form, the sooner your claim will be placed in line for a review for Explant and/or Rupture (when or if you have already filed those claim forms).


4. REVISED OTHER PRODUCTS CONSENT ORDER (CLASS 9 and 10)

The Court conducted a hearing on the proposed Other Products Consent Order on October 18, 2007. After hearing comments from three claimants, the court took the matter under advisement. A slightly revised Consent Order was tendered to the Court that addressed the comments from the three claimants and overruled all objections to the Consent Order.

We will keep you posted on when the Additional Payments will be made to eligible Other Products claimants.


5. SETTLEMENT FACILITY PAYMENTS TO CLAIMANTS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2007 TOTAL $917,465,415

Through September 30, 2007, the Settlement Facility has approved and paid almost 100,000 claims totalling $917,465,415. Of this, approximately $898 million has been paid to Dow Corning breast implant claimants.

Proof of Manufacture Reviews for Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2

Through September 30, 2007, the Settlement Facility has received 75,033 Proof of Manufacturer claim forms in Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2 (Dow Corning breast implants claimants). Of the 75,033 claims, 60,881 or 81% have acceptable proof of a Dow Corning breast implant. Of the 60,881 Dow Corning claimants, over one-third or 20,391 women have been approved for a Rupture claim for their silicone gel breast implant.

CLASS 5, 6.1 AND 6.2
(DOW CORNING BREAST IMPLANT CLAIMS)

Claim Category Number of Claims Paid through September 30, 2007 Percentage of Claims Approved Class 5 | Class 6.1 & 6.2 Total $$ Paid in category through September 30, 2007
RUPTURE 20,391 70% | 45% $397,915,665.97
EXPLANT 26,803 99% | 95% $130,217,799.08
EXPLANT ASSISTANCE 504 89% | 50% $2,500,141.10
INCREASE EXPLANT (6.2 ONLY) 36 N/A | 89% $108,000.00
EXPEDITED RELEASE 15,632 90% | 71% $29,399,555.86
DISEASE OPTION 1 18,361 87 % | 38% $270,908,266.51
DISEASE OPTION 2 537 19% | 7% $66,800,271.62
Total 81,608 N/A $897,849,700.14


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 Opass through O 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 if actually lower.

Class 7 -Silicone Gel Material Claims

Approximately 11,000 claimants have been approved for either an Expedited Release Payment or a Disease Cash-Out Offer. 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 of $600 U.S. to claimants who selected this option or a Disease Cash-Out Offer of $3,000 U.S. to claimants who selected the disease review.

Class 7 – Silicone Gel Material Claims
# Class 7 Forms Filed 54,534
# of claims that are NOT eligible based on POM review 29,301
Foreign Gel Claims Approved & Paid $600 598
Expedited Release Claims Approved & Paid $600 5,126
Disease Cash-Out Offer of $3,000 mailed 5,244
TOTAL PAYMENTS OR CASH-OUT OFFERS 10,968
TOTAL # of Claims Paid 9,160
TOTAL AMT PAID $15,439,820

Class 9 – Covered Other Products Fund

Approximately 2,166 claimants have been approved for payment for their Covered Other Product, totaling just under $4.3 million.

CLASS 9, 10.1 AND 10.2
DCC "COVERED" OTHER PRODUCTS

Claim Category Number of Forms Filed Number of Claims Reviewed Number of Claims Approved Number of Claims for PD $Amount PD Percentage of Claims Approved
PROOF OF MANUFACTURER 7263 7205 2484 n/a 34%
EXPEDITED RELEASE 3950 1504 1520 1699 $1,635,895.10 100%
RUPTURE (Chin and Testicular) 564 116 24 24 $116,000.00 21%
INFLAMMATORY FOREIGN BODY RESP. (TMJ, finger, wrist, toe, knee & hip) 1729 659 362 317 $1,635,000.00 55%
IMPLANT FAILURE (TMJ, finger wrist, toe knee, hip & testicular) 2325 788 101 93 $493,500.00 13%
TMJ ENHANCED 1273 348 33 33 $395,500.00 9%
TOTALS 17,104 10,620 4,524 2,166 $4,275,895.10 n/a




6. NEW LIST OF APPROVED AFFIRMATIVE STATEMENTS REGARDING EXCLUSIVE USE OF DCC BREAST IMPLANTS RELEASED BY SF-DCT

The SF-DCT released an updated list of approved affirmative statements regarding exclusive use of DCC breast implants by doctors on October 12, 2007. A copy of the list is reprinted below and is also available on the CAC website (www.tortcomm.org) under the heading of "Product Identification".

SURGEON / PHYSICIAN NAME LOCATION TIME FRAME
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 1977
Apostolis, Dr. Charles G. Port Elizabeth, South Africa All Years
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 Amsterdam, Netherlands 1978
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
Craft, Dr. Jerome/Craft Surgical Center West Palm Beach, FL 1975 - 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
Ibrahim, Dr. Kaissar S. Raleigh, NC All Years
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 - 1981
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, MI 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, 1985-1986
Simon, Dr. Duncan New Zealand 1972 - 1987
Simpson, Dr. John Wellington, New Zealand 1989 - C471991
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, England 1985
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, Brazil 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 - 1979 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



7. DEADLINE REMINDERS!

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, 2008Cure Deadline for certain claimants who previously filed a claim for Polymyositis or Dermatomyositis (consult the SFDCT about your specific cure deadline)
May 1, 2008Cure 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)
October 20, 2008NOI 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)
June 2, 2014Explant Claims submission deadline for timely filed claimants in Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2 (NOTE: this deadline does NOT apply to NOI claimants)
June 3, 2019Disease or Expedited Release Claim submission deadline for all claims in Classes 5, 6.1 and 6.2

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