Special Report: Drug Safety Lawyers to the Rescue

Legal action helps keep drug companies honest, but it's a crazy way to regulate an industry

The news about the dangers of silicone implants may have struck terror into the hearts of thousands of women, but for many trial lawyers it represents a bonanza. More than 1,000 implant-related lawsuits have already been filed by women who claim they were disfigured or debilitated by the devices. And the revelation that manufacturers may have knowingly buried facts about the dangers is causing the numbers to skyrocket. Some attorneys have even set up toll-free numbers to handle -- and encourage -- the surge.

The most aggressive of them advertise in newspapers, on billboards and even on TV with come-ons such...

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