The controversy surrounding silicone breast implants has plunged Dow Corning Corp. into bankruptcy. More than 8,000 women still have lawsuits pending against the company, which has spent $1 billion defending itself. On Sept. 13, a federal judge ruled that suits against parent companies Dow Chemical Co. and Corning Inc. could proceed despite the bankruptcy filing. All this because of a product that produced less than 1% of Dow Corning's revenues.
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