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July 30, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Shiley Faces Lawsuit: Heart-valve manufacturer Shiley Inc. faces a large class-action lawsuit in Florida on behalf of people who were implanted with the company's potentially flawed devices. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, seeks class-action status on behalf of 1,000 Florida residents who received Bjork-Shiley Convexo-Concave heart valves manufactured by Irvine-based Shiley between 1979 and 1986. Also named in the suit are Pfizer Inc.
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July 30, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Shiley Faces Lawsuit: Heart-valve manufacturer Shiley Inc. faces a large class-action lawsuit in Florida on behalf of people who were implanted with the company's potentially flawed devices. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, seeks class-action status on behalf of 1,000 Florida residents who received Bjork-Shiley Convexo-Concave heart valves manufactured by Irvine-based Shiley between 1979 and 1986. Also named in the suit are Pfizer Inc.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1990
A former pro football player whose leg had to be amputated after an unsuccessful attempt to install an artificial knee won a $4.5-million verdict Friday in a malpractice suit against two doctors at the UCLA Medical Center and the manufacturer of the knee. A Superior Court jury in Santa Monica found Dennis Brewster's former doctors 25% liable and Howmedica Inc. of New Jersey, a leading manufacturer of prosthetic devices, 75% liable for Brewster's medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages.
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July 30, 1991 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heart valve manufacturer Shiley Inc. faces another large, class-action suit on behalf of people who were implanted with the company's potentially flawed devices. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, seeks class-action status on behalf of 1,000 Florida residents who received Bjork-Shiley Convexo-Concave heart valves manufactured by Irvine-based Shiley between 1979 and 1986. Also named in the suit are Pfizer Inc., the New York-based parent of Shiley, Pfizer Hospital Products Group Inc.
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September 20, 1990 | BARBARA KOH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury has awarded $4.5 million to Dennis Brewster, a former pro football player whose leg had to be amputated after a failed operation to implant an artificial knee, but it may be awhile before he sees any of it. Defense lawyers have threatened to appeal unless Brewster accepts a reduced settlement. A Superior Court jury in Santa Monica late last week found Brewster's former doctors at UCLA Medical Center and Howmedica Inc.
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August 23, 1990 | BARBARA KOH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Dennis and Nancy Brewster, the past five years have been a time of hopes raised and dashed, as Dennis, a former professional football player, underwent 30 operations on his right knee and finally, the amputation of his leg.
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