February 13th, 2017
German safety inspectors told to pay millions to women who had faulty breast implants
A French court ordered German safety certifier TUV to pay €60 million in compensation to 20,000 women who received defective breast implants that the group had approved.
The German company TÜV was ordered to make a provisional payment of €3,000 to each plaintiff for certifying that implants made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) met safety standards.
The now insolvent French company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) had for years used cheap industrial-grade silicone for its implants, while TÜV had certified its production.
Other courts have also ruled that TÜV was misled by PIP.
The company maintains it was never its job to check the actual implants, and their task was only to inspect the manufacturing process.
The scandal first erupted in 2010 after doctors noticed abnormally high rupture rates in the implants.
The affair made global headlines in 2011, with some 300,000 women in 65 countries believed to have received the faulty implants.