French Courts Confirm Breast Implant Damages For 203 Icelandic Women Skip to content

French Courts Confirm Breast Implant Damages For 203 Icelandic Women

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

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An appellate court in France has confirmed an earlier ruling that German safety and qualification standard consulting company TUV Rheinland owes damages to 203 Icelandic women who received PIP breast implants in 2000-2010, RÚV reports. The women’s lawyer called this an important incremental victory but expects the case will be brought before France’s supreme court. Further lawsuits will likely follow.

More than 400 Icelandic women were implanted with PIP implants in the years between 2000 and 2010. The implants were later found to be not only leaky but also filled with industrial silicone instead of a medical-grade substance. The PIP case made headlines around the world in 2011. Around 9,000 women are involved in lawsuits over the PIP implants in two different lawsuits.

Icelandic authorities offered all Icelandic women an ultrasound scanning to evaluate the implant conditions and most women had them removed. More than half of the women sued the implant producer for damages. Yesterday, French courts confirmed that the German company TUV Rheinland owed 203 women damages.

Saga Ýrr Jónsdóttir is the women’s lawyer. She called it an important victory but expects that the case will be appealed to France’s Supreme Court. She expects TUV Rheinland will appeal the verdict but as the verdict is 1,200 pages long, they likely haven’t had time yet to go over it.


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