Women wins suit vs ‘rupturing’ breast implants

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NANTERRE, France — A French court on Thursday ordered the German safety certifier that approved the use of defective breast implants to compensate around 400 Swedish women who received the devices behind a global health scare.

The court in the Paris suburb of Nanterre ordered TUV to pay 4,600 euros ($5,200) to each of the Swedish plaintiffs for the harm caused by approving implants made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).

It also ordered the company to reimburse the cost of having the implants — which were filled with a cheap industrial-grade silicone gel used in electronic equipment — removed.

It comes a month after France’s highest appeals court ordered that TUV be retried for negligence over its role in the affair, after having been cleared of liability by a lower court.

Pipa, an association representing 20,000 affected by the implants around the world, welcomed the ruling.

But a lawyer for TUV said the German agency would appeal.

A separate court ruling in January 2017 ordered the company to deposit 60 million euros ($69 million) for potential compensation for 20,000 women who received the defective implants.

The PIP implant scandal made global headlines in 2011, when doctors first noticed abnormally high rupture rates in the implants.

Some 400,000 women worldwide, most of them in Latin America, are believed to have received the enhancements.

Thousands had them removed, despite health authorities in several countries declaring them not to be toxic.

PIP’s founder, Jean-Claude Mas, was convicted of fraud and sentenced to four years in jail. His company was shut down in 2010.

p: wjg

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