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January 1999 Archives

The Breast Implant Fiasco

The silicone breast implant litigation, a lasting embarrassment to the American legal system, was driven not by scientific evidence but by political posturing, media sensationalism, and, crucially, a contingency fee system that rewards speculative litigation. Among indicated reforms: stronger standards on scientific testimony, improved trial procedures, and a revamp of the way lawyers get paid.
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Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
igorodetski@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

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