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Michigan / Des Lawsuit #493580

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 16, 1977
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(Studio) Michigan judge dismisses lawsuit brought by 144 women who claim they got cancer because mothers took DES while pregnant. Judge says he's sympathetic, but women can't prove exact drug or who made it.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Detroit, Michigan) Lynn Levine is victim of DES, which mother took during pregnancy. [LEVINE - says all 3 daughters with whom mother took drug have had problems, but hers is worst.] Background of drug use, its effects on males and females and court case noted. Judge Thomas Roumell rules women can't sue without identifying particular company making drug that hurt them, according to existing law. Plaintiffs' attys. say situation calls for new law. [Attorney Lawrence CHARFOOS - says there's no precedent for such case.] [Drug company attorney Lane BAUER - notes drug's years on market with no indications of side effects till 1971; says legally companies can't be held responsible.]
REPORTER: Bob Kur {Signed sketches}

Brinkley, David;
Kur, Bob

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