PARIS (AP) — France’s highest court has overturned an appeals court ruling that required around 1,700 women around the world to pay back compensation they received over rupture-prone breast implants.
Wednesday’s decision by the Court of Cassation means that the years-long case must be retried.
It’s one of multiple legal cases stemming from the scandal, which began with a fraud conviction of the manufacturer of the implants, French company Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP. It went bankrupt and couldn’t pay damages to women, who suffered from leaky implants.
They took their compensation demand to TUV Rheinland, a German products-testing company — initially ordered to pay approximately $6.5 million in damages. That ruling was overturned in 2015 by an appeals court.
The women had argued the implants shouldn’t have been certified.