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Executive Summary

On Feb. 29, Eighth Circuit federal judge Miles Lord delivered an unusual address to three A. H. Robins executives at a settlement hearing for seven liability cases associated with the use of the Dalkon Shield. Judge Lord's comments -- a combination of lecture and sermon -- received coverage in the natl. media under such headlines as The Washington Post's March 2 story, "U.S. Judge Assails Officers of Dalkon Shield Maker." On the following four pages, "The Pink Sheet" is reproducing for the record the full text of the judge's speech with his comments on corporate responsibility, liability trial tactics, and liability law reform. "The Pink Sheet" is also reproducing in full a statement by A. H. Robins in response to the Lord speech. Lord addressed his comments specifically to Robins President E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., Corporate VP and General counsel William Forrest, Jr., and Senior VP Research and Development Carl Lunsford. The paragraphing in this reproduced version is the same as the prepared copy of Judge Lord's remarks. Indents have been added by the editors of "The Pink Sheet" to make the copy easier to read.

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