Testing company to pay more than ten million euros in breast implant scandal

In the scandal surrounding defective breast implants from French manufacturer Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), a court has ordered TÜV Rheinland to pay more than ten million euros.
The testing company must compensate 605 of 1,319 plaintiffs. Most of the women in these proceedings come from Great Britain.
The court stated that from 2002 onwards, there had been a discrepancy at PIP between the quantity of gel ordered for the breast implants and the number of prostheses produced. This should have been noticed.
The TÜV’s lawyer criticized the ruling and recommended an appeal.
From 2001 to 2010, PIP sold around one million of the poor-quality implants worldwide. 400,000 women suffered damage to their health.
In Germany, Belgium, Italy and Spain, complaints have been dismissed, emphasized TÜV Rheinland. Only in France are there still legal disputes.
According to its own information, TÜV Rheinland did not test the implants of the manufacturing company PIP, but certified the company’s quality management system.
In 2016, PIP founder Jean-Claude Mas was sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros for serious fraud and deceiving TÜV. He died in 2019.
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