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FACT CHECK: Brown has said Warren was seeking to win immunity from lawsuits for Dow Chemical
Warren worked for Dow Chemical in the early days of the bankruptcy of Dow Corning, a related company, sometime in the mid to late 1990s. Dow Corning declared bankruptcy in 1995 under financial pressure from 19,000 lawsuits related to its silicone breast implants, which more than 200,000 women said had caused health problems.
Warren has suggested that she had advised the company in setting up a trust, which eventually required the firm to establish a fund to pay out $2.3 billion to victims.
Brown said last week that Warren was seeking to win immunity from lawsuits for the company, but offered no proof. And the settlement did not give the company immunity. Plaintiffs were not required to enter into the settlement but faced poor odds in court because judges had begun casting doubt on the scientific link between the implants and health problems, according to a 2004 Houston Chronicle report. by Noah Bierman edited by Teresa Hanafin, Boston.com 10/10/2012 11:32:30 PM