The German certifier of defective PIP breast prostheses, TÜV, will have to compensate 605 women for a total amount of more than 10 million euros, judged a civil chamber of the Nanterre judicial court on Thursday. Seized by 1,319 women, mainly British, in 2018, the second civil chamber “orders the German company TÜV Rheinland (…) to compensate 605 of them for the damage they suffered”, details the presidency of the court in a communicated.
In May, the Court of Cassation confirmed TÜV’s liability, paving the way for compensation for some of the victims. The Nanterre court notably held that “the inconsistency, from 2002, between the quantity of gel ordered (…) and the number of prostheses manufactured had constituted an obvious anomaly in the manufacturing process”, which TÜV should have to note.
TÜV should appeal
“We are said to be responsible from 2002 and that is not at all what the Court of Cassation said” in 2023, protests TÜV lawyer Christelle Coslin. She intends to advise her clients to appeal the decision of the Nanterre court, she assures AFP. In total, nearly a million defective breast prostheses were sold between 2001 and 2010 by PIP, in defiance of all health standards, and the number of female victims worldwide is estimated at 400,000.
Instead of an authorized gel, PIP used in part an industrial silicone normally used in the composition of electronic equipment. The procedures continue and target the certifier, who had never noted a breach, the proceedings against the Var manufacturer having ended with the death of its founder Jean-Claude Mas in 2019.