LIABILITY: Telltale Memo About an IUD

Telltale Memo About an IUD

Officials at G.D. Searle must have watched with concern three years ago when a raft of lawsuits forced bankruptcy on A.H. Robins, maker of the Dalkon Shield intrauterine birth-control device. With good reason: from 1974 to 1986 Searle sold in the U.S. the Copper-7, an IUD that, like the Dalkon Shield, has been suspected of causing serious illnesses or injuries in some users.

While Searle has won 14 of 17 Copper-7 court cases that went to a jury, things are not looking so good for an upcoming trial in St. Paul. The plaintiff, Esther Kociemba of Elk River, Minn., claims that...

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