MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) _ Dow Corning Corp. emerged Tuesday after nearly a decade of bankruptcy protection related to a flood of silicone breast implant liability lawsuits.

Faced with about 19,000 lawsuits, Dow Corning filed for Chapter 11 in 1995.

Women blamed leaking gel for illnesses including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, body aches, fatigue, memory loss and hardening of the breasts. But the company insisted that the silicone-gel implants it made from 1962 until 1992, when they were banned for most uses by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, were safe.