Court: Faulty breast implant victims should get compensation

A French appeals court has ruled that around 2,700 victims of a breast implant scandal are entitled to compensation

PARIS — A French appeal court has ruled that around 2,700 victims of a breast implant scandal are entitled to compensation. The court said that German company TUV Rheinland committed negligence by certifying them as safe.

The scandal first emerged in 2010 after doctors noticed abnormally high rupture rates in women with implants produced by the French company Poly Implant Prothèse, or PIP. Their implants were used in hundreds of thousands of women worldwide.

Olivier Aumaître, the lawyer representing the 2,700 women who brought this current case, said during a news conference Thursday “it’s clearly a historical day for PIP breast implant victims all over the world and for women’s rights.”

PIPA said that the amount of compensation is still to be determined.

Lawyers for TUV Rheinland did not immediately comment.

The ruling, Aumaître hopes, might have implications for the many other victims, although he conceded he was “not aware of other compensation wins in other countries.”

Christine, a victim, who did not want to give her surname, said that “it is a relief today, as we can acknowledge our status as victims. Almost all of us have lasting effects. I still have silicone in my organs.”

PIP was liquidated in 2010. Its founder, Jean-Claude Mas, was later given a four-year prison sentence. The implants, it was discovered, were filled with cheap, industrial-grade silicone which was not suitable for use in humans. Mas died in 2019.

TUV Lawyer Christelle Coslin told the AP that “TUV Rheinland denies all responsibility. The missing link here is the actual liable party, which is not solvent.”

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