A French court has ordered TUV Rheinland, a German quality-control company, to pay each of 1,600 victims of defective breast implants 3,000 euros, or about $4,000. This money is to compensate personal injury victims for their injuries caused by the defective product.
TUV Rheinland gave the implants, which contained industrial-grade silicone, European Union safety certificates. About 300,000 women around the globe have utilized these implants, which are made by Poly Implants Prothèses. In 2010, it was revealed that Poly Implants Prothèses had been using inferior silicone in order to cut costs. Authorities closed Poly Implants Prothèses in March 2010, after the scandal concerning the quality of the silicone came to light. As a result, the implants are hazardous, because they rupture at a higher rate than other implants and leak silicone into the person’s body tissues.
The French court, in its ruling for the personal injury victims, said that the German quality-control company failed to do its due diligence with respect to monitoring the implants. The defendant’s lawyer says that its client was only responsible for the manufacturing process, and not the actual product in its completed form. The plaintiffs stand to receive more money individually, as experts will not individually assess each claim against the German company.
The founder of Poly Implants Prothèses, Jean-Claude Mas, and four of his former employees, were charged with aggravated fraud and tried in a French court. The verdict against them in the criminal case is expected in December 2013.
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