Implants row: firm ordered to pay
A German product testing company failed its duty to check and control silicone breast implants used by tens of thousands of women worldwide that turned out to be prone to leakage, a French court has ruled that.
The court in Toulon ordered TUeV Rheinland to pay yet-to-be-determined damages to plaintiffs - including some 1,600 women - seeking over 50 million euros (£42 million).
TUeV has denied responsibility and plans to appeal.
The trial was part of a string of cases centering on now-bankrupt French implant vendor Poly Implant Prothese.
PIP's founder and several former employees are facing a criminal trial in nearby Marseille over claims it used cheap silicone to fill tens of thousands of implants that were prone to ruptures and leaking.