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Plaintiffs in two damages suits over Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease contracted from human dura mater imported from Germany visited the German Embassy on Friday to seek its help in settling the case, sources close to the plaintiffs said.

In a request submitted to the embassy in Minato Ward, the plaintiffs criticized the attitudes of the defendants — the Japanese government, the German supplier of the infected dura mater and a Japanese importer — at settlement talks that began last month, and asked the embassy to step in.

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