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Actress Files Breast Implant Lawsuit

March 25, 1994 GMT

HOUSTON (AP) _ Actress Farrah Forke, who plays ″Alex″ on the NBC comedy ″Wings″ filed a lawsuit Thursday saying her silicone breast implants were negligently designed and harmed her when they ruptured.

The lawsuit, filed in state district courtm names 3M; Dow Corning Corp.; Dow Chemical Co.; Dow Corning Wright Corp; Inamed Corp. of Las Vegas; McGhan Medical Corp. of Goleta, Calif.; and McGhan Nusil Corp.

Ms. Forke, 26, said she received the implants in 1989 and had them removed in February 1993. She said neither the implant makers nor her doctor properly warned her of possible complications.

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Marsha Arko, a 3M spokeswoman, said the company was withholding comment on Ms. Forke’s lawsuit and had not seen it as of late Thursday.

Messages left with a Dow spokesman and at McGhan Medical offices were not immediately returned. There was no answer at Inamed Thursday evening and McGhan Nusil could not be located.

Ms. Forke’s attorney, Bernard Mithoff, was vague about the problems she experienced, citing only ″pain and fatigue.″

″She is still working and I think primarily worried about the future, like many of the women who have had these problems because there is so little known,″ Mithoff said.

Ms. Forke’s permanent residence is in Rockport, Texas, Mithoff said. He advised her not to discuss the case.

Under a proposed settlement announced Wednesday, Dow Corning Corp. (the nation’s largest maker of silicone breast implants before it stopped making them), Bristol Myers-Squibb Co. and Baxter Healthcare Corp. agreed to pay a total of $3.7 billion to satisfy current and future claims from women who contend implants made them sick.

The companies deny the implants are responsible for health problems.