CLAIMANTS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE E-NEWSLETTER

Dow Corning Bankruptcy Settlement

 

Volume 11, No. 12, October 29, 2014

Contact the CAC at: info@tortcomm.org or

phone: (419) 394-0717

fax: (419) 394-1748

Sybil Niden Goldrich

Ernest Hornsby, Esq

Dianna Pendleton-Dominguez, Esq.

 

This is the 117th e-newsletter (Vol. 11, No. 12) 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, click here or to reply to this newsletter, send an email to: info@tortcomm.org. Please do not hit "Reply" to this email address.  To contact the CAC, use the email address: info@tortcomm.org or dpend440@aol.com. You can also contact the CAC directly at 419-394-0717.

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BREAST IMPLANT RECIPIENT SURVEY

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the online survey about insurance coverage for breast implant problems that was conducted by Diana Zuckerman (see our last newsletter for more information about the survey). Your responses were most helpful.  If you did not participate in the survey and would like to do so now, here is the information again. If you previously participated, you do not need need to respond again.  

Survey by Diana Zuckerman:

Many women who receive this newsletter have found that getting insurance coverage for breast implant problems is difficult.  Diana Zuckerman conducted the Congressional investigation of the potential risks of breast implants in 1990, and has been working to help women with implant problems ever since.  She is now president of a nonprofit organization that is conducting a study hoping to help as many women as possible. A valuable part of the study is collecting information on this issue. She asks you to take a few minutes from your busy day to please answer these few quick questions.  

This survey has only 10 very quick questions.  Just click this link to complete the survey online:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KHCWGM8

 

STATUS OF PREMIUM PAYMENTS

The SF-DCT continues to issue partial Premium Payment checks to approved Rupture and Disease claimants in Classes 5, 6.1, and 6.2 (Dow Corning Breast Implant Claimants). 

   Last month, they issued approximately 6,000 partial Premium Payment checks totaling almost $13 million. 

   To date, the SF-DCT has paid out partial Premium Payments of $ 47,673, 459 for approximately 13,140 Rupture claims and 8,939 Disease claims. 

   In the next 3 months, the SF-DCT will issue approximately 8,800+ Rupture and 21,210 Disease partial Premium Payments totaling approximately $62 million.  Payments are expected to be completed in January 2015.

We realize that receiving your partial Premium Payment is very important to you; however, it is not helpful to call the SF-DCT or our office to ask when you will receive your check.  This is a huge task and is being completed contemporaneously with normal claims processing and reviews.  Please be patient.

If you are represented by an attorney, your check will be sent to your attorney. 

Please remember to keep your contact information current with the SF-DCT, including any information about probate, attorney representation, and address / phone number / email address.  Numerous claimants have an approved claim payment and/or partial Premium Payment that they could receive, but the SF-DCT cannot locate them.  To date, almost 900 award letters for partial Premium Payments have been returned to the SFDCT because the claimant is no longer at the address she provided during the Address Verification process.

If you have any questions about your claim status (NOT a question about when you will receive your Premium Payment), please contact the SF-DCT directly at: info@sfdct.com.

 

STATUS OF OTHER ISSUES

CLASS 7 The CAC hopes to file a motion with the Court by the end of this year that will allow for the remaining disputed claims in Class 7 and the approved Disease claims to be paid and the fund closed.  We will ask for expedited treatment to allow payments to begin immediately upon approval.

CANADIAN ISSUES We reported in earlier newsletters about a problem that was discovered regarding claims that were filed with the SF-DCT and potentially should have been filed with one of the Canadian settlement offices (Class 6A, 6B, or 6C).  We are hopeful that we will soon reach a resolution with Dow Corning and the Ontario Class Counsel that will resolve this issue. We will continue to update everyone in our newsletter.

 

STATUS OF CLAIMS PROCESSING AND PAYMENTS

CLASS 5, 6.1 AND 6.2

(DOW CORNING BREAST IMPLANT CLAIMS)

CLAIM CATEGORY

NUMBER OF CLAIMS PAID THROUGH SEPT 30, 2014

PERCENTAGE OF CLAIMS APPROVED      CLASS 5  | CLASS 6

TOTAL $$ PAID IN CATEGORY THROUGH SEPT 30, 2014

RUPTURE

21,966

71% | 40%

$     422,677,52394

EXPLANT

30,021

99% | 96%

 $    143,350,236.91

EXPLANT ASSISTANCE

    816

88% | 91%

 $       4,033,641.10

INCREASED EXPLANT (6.2 ONLY)

   306

N/A | 89%

 $          918,000.00

EXPEDITED RELEASE

           25,023

92% | 88%

 $     45,990,525.39

DISEASE OPTION 1

           28,720

83% | 69%

 $   423,258,823.34

DISEASE OPTION 2

 1,478  

31% | 23%

 $   189,477,998.75

TOTAL

108,330

N/A

 $   1,231,706,749.43

 

NOTICE OF INTENT CLAIMS PAYMENTS

 

TOTAL FORMS FILED

FORMS FILED WITH POM

ACCEPTABLE POM

APPROVED

COMPLETE

# CLAIMS PAID

TOTAL AMT PAID

RUPTURE

1,945

1911

1,635

1,153

1,635

1,157

$21,382,374

MEDICALLY CONTRAINDICATED

18

16

15

 2

10

 0

 0

EXPLANT

1,685

1,663

1,288

1097

1,442

1,095

$5,327,368

INCREASED EXPLANT

292

292

285

 99

 285

112

          336,000

EAP

119

115

211

40

45

36

$175,200

TOTALS

4,059

3,997

3,434

2,391

3,417

2,400

$27,220,941

 

 


 

TOTAL CLAIMS PAID FROM EFFECTIVE DATE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2014,

ALL CLASSES, ALL BENEFITS

9/30/2014

INCLUDES NOI PAYMENTS (DOES NOT INCLUDE STALE CHECKS)

 

RUPTURE

EXPLANT

INCREASED EXPLANT

EXPLANT ASSISTANCE (EAP)

EXPEDITED

DISEASE

MEDICAL CONDITIONS (IFBR, TMJ, IMPLANT FAILURE)

OTHER PRODUCTS PREMIUM PAYMENT

TOTAL

CLASS 5

$426,808,547.19

$146,009,834.71

N/A

$4,181,841.10

$42,165,541.54

$601,645,053.61

N/A

N/A

$1,220,810,818.15

CLASS 6.1

$14,049,750.51

$4,527,969.90

N/A

$12,000.00

$3,128,643.85

$8,595,218.48

N/A

N/A

$30,313,582.74

CLASS 6.2

$3,640,000.00

$248,000.00

$1,254,000.00

$15,000.00

$155,400.00

$2,496,550.00

N/A

N/A

$7,808,950.00

CLASS 6.2 2

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

$118,600.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

$118,600.00

CLASS 6.2 3

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

$516,600.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

$516,600.00

CLASS 7

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

$22,883,366.79

$0.00

N/A

N/A

$22,883,366.79

CLASS 9

$130,000.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

$1,762,145.10

N/A

$2,866,500.00

$14,215,000.00

$18,973,645.10

CLASS 10.2 / 10.2

$6,000.00

N/A

N/A

N/A

$155,850.00

N/A

$219,625.00

$1,050,875.00

$1,432,350.00

TOTAL

$444,634,297.70

$150,785,804.61

$1,254,000.00

$4,208,841.10

$70,886,147.28

$612,736,822.09

$3,086,125.00

$15,265,875.00

$1,302,857,912.78

 

RUPTURE

EXPLANT

INCREASED EXPLANT

EXPLANT ASSISTANCE (EAP)

EXPEDITED

DISEASE

MEDICAL CONDITIONS (IFBR, TMJ, IMPLANT FAILURE)

 

TOTAL

CLASS 5

21,485

29,506

N/A

843

21,303

28,773

N/A

N/A

101,910

CLASS 6.1

1,174

1,527

N/A

4

2,617

810

N/A

N/A

6,132

CLASS 6.2

520

136

418

5

222

615

N/A

N/A

1,916

CLASS 6.2 2

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

100

N/A

N/A

N/A

100

CLASS 6.2 3

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

861

N/A

N/A

N/A

861

CLASS 7

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

13,910

0

N/A

N/A

13,910

CLASS 9

26

N/A

N/A

N/A

1,763

N/A

476

498

2,763

CLASS 10.2 / 10.2

2

N/A

N/A

N/A

261

N/A

64

64

391

TOTAL

23,207

31,169

418

852

41,037

30,198

540

562

127,983

 

DEADLINE REMINDERS

Please mark your calendar with the following claim submission deadlines. Please note that 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.

Deadline Date

Type of Deadline

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)

 

If you would like to read prior CAC e-newsletters, they are available on the CAC website by clicking on "Electronic Newsletter." We urge you to visit the CAC website (www.tortcomm.org) on a regular basis to download or view relevant documents and read updates and new information. To contact the CAC, send an email to: info@tortcomm.org or send a letter to the Post Office Box address for the CAC at:

Claimants' Advisory Committee

P.O. Box 665

St. Marys, Ohio 45885

Phone Number: (419) 394-0717

Fax Number: (419) 394-1748

Email: info@tortcomm.org

 

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