BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: Electrical engineer Wolf-Dietrich Molzow, 53, who was born with shortened legs without knee joints and restricted use of his right arm, and pop-star Nina Hagen arrive in... more 
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: Electrical engineer Wolf-Dietrich Molzow, 53, who was born with shortened legs without knee joints and restricted use of his right arm, and pop-star Nina Hagen arrive in court for the verdict in the Duogynon and Beyer-Schering case on January 11, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Lawyer Joerg Heynemann is representing Andre Sommer, who was born with physical handicaps he attributes to his mother's use of the pregnancy testing drug Duogynon during her pregnancy, and is seeking a court order for German pharmaceuticals giant Beyer-Schering to release company files related to the drug. The judge struck down the lawsuit, citing a 30-year statute of limitations could that makes any responsibility on the part of Bayer-Schering void, though Heynemann said he plans to appeal. Molzow is also convinced that his handicap was caused by Duogynon, and sought redress through the courts, though his case failed due to a law at the time that stated that potential victims of side-effects caused by drugs had to provide proof of correlation. Schering produced the drug in tablet form from 1957 until 1980, and the company was repeatedly taken to court, including in 1978 by 580 parents in England who suspected the drug had caused birth defects in their children. In the UK the drug was sold under the name Primodos. Nina Hagen has taken a personal interest in the case. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) less 
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