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IUD Maker Would Pay Only $100 to Some

April 28, 1987|From the Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The plan proposed by A. H. Robins Co. to compensate victims of the Dalkon Shield would pay as little as $100 to women who claim they were injured by the intrauterine contraceptive device.

The Robins plan--which faces a court hearing and a vote by creditors--also would pay $800 to a woman who had life-threatening pelvic inflammatory disease that left her infertile for life.

Robins filed the plan April 17 as its proposed route out of voluntary bankruptcy. E. Claiborne Robins Jr., president and chief executive officer, said the plan would provide "full and fair payment to Dalkon Shield claimants" through a $1.75-billion trust fund.

But attorneys for the claimants dismissed the plan as unacceptable.

Before Robins filed for bankruptcy 20 months ago, it settled thousands of Dalkon Shield claims for an average of $50,000.

Murray Drabkin, counsel to the official committee of women who are claiming Dalkon Shield injuries, said Monday: "This is a plan designed to deny payment of claims."

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