What is the Allergan Breast Implant Class Action about?
On 2 August 2019, Allergan recalled all un-implanted macro-textured breast implants and tissue expanders from the Australian market in response to:
A rare, but acknowledged risk of breast-implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), associated with Allergan implants;
Higher incidence of reported cases of BIA-ALCL both in Australia and internationally; and
Evidence from the US Regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that women who received Allergan textured breast implants had a six times higher risk of developing BIA-ALCL than other manufacturers.
Shine Lawyers’ class action investigation aims to determine whether women who were implanted with Allergan-manufactured breast implants before the August 2019 recall, who have suffered serious complications or illness as a result of their implants, should be compensated.
Can I join the Allergan Breast Implant Class Action?
You may be eligible to join this class action investigation if:
You were implanted with one of the following textured breast implants or expanders manufactured by Allergan:
McGhan BioDimensional Silicone-Filled Biocell Textured Breast Implants;
McGhan Magna-Site Tissue Expander;
McGhan Style 134 Croissant Shaped Tissue Expander;
Natrelle 133 Plus Tissue Expanders;
Natrelle 133 Tissue Expanders with and without suture tabs;
Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled Breast Implants;
Natrelle Inspira Silicone-Filled Breast Implants;
Natrelle Saline Breast Implants;
Natrelle Silicone-Filled Breast Implants;
Style 133 Biospan Tissue Expander;
You experience symptoms often referred to as breast implant-illness (BII); or
You were diagnosed with breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL); or
You experienced other complications requiring the premature removal of the implants; or
You had your implants, or wish to have your implants removed, for fear of contracting a disease associated with the implants.
If you fit the criteria above, you may be entitled to compensation, and you are encouraged to register for Shine Lawyers’ Allergan Breast Implant Class Action Investigation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I received Allergan Implants?
It should be on the implant card that was provided to you at the time of your surgery.
If you cannot locate your implant card, we recommend you contact your place of surgery and/or your implanting surgeon and request your operation report.
What is a class action?
When Governments, large companies or institutions do the wrong thing and people are harmed or suffer loss as a result, an individual can have little to no means of bringing a legal claim.
Class actions are an important mechanism within Australia’s legal system that allow large groups of people to come together to pursue a claim collectively.
For a class action to take place, there are three criteria that need to be met:
There must be 7 or more people that have claims against the same defendant; and
The claims relate to the same or similar circumstances; and
The claim must relate to at least one common issue of law or fact.
For more information about how class actions resolve, click here.
How long do class actions take to resolve?
It can take up to several years for a class action to resolve. The time taken from case commencement through to resolution and settlement administration depends on the particular case, and the nature of the claim.
For more information about class actions and how they work, click here.
Does it cost anything to join a class action?
Shine Lawyers is committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background or financial situation, has access to justice. We run our class actions in a way that means you are not exposed to any costs or financial risk, so joining a class action will cost you nothing.
When a class action is successful, the legal fees and costs to run the class action are deducted from the settlement amount that is approved by the Court. If the class action is unsuccessful, we will ensure there are no out-of-pocket costs to you.
Will my contact details be kept private?
Yes, your contact details will remain confidential and we will seek your consent before disclosing any of your personal information (including before such disclosure is required by the Court).
Shine Lawyers will only use your personal information strictly for the purpose of the legal proceedings.
Meet the Allergan Breast Implant Class Action Investigation Team
Shine Lawyers’ Allergan Breast Implant Class Action Investigation team includes some of the firm’s most experienced litigators, solicitors and support staff. You can learn more about the team running this class action by clicking on their profile below.