French court says German company does not have to compensate women with faulty breast implants

A French appeals court has ruled that a German product-testing company does not have to compensate more than 1,000 women with leak-prone breast implants, overturning a lower court decision.

Thousands of women worldwide received implants made by French company PIP. The implants were found to contain industrial-grade silicone instead of medical silicone and to be prone to leakage.

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PIP's owner was sentenced to prison but his bankrupt company couldn't pay damages, so the women's lawyers sought at least 50 million euros ($67 million) from German testing company TUV Rheinland and its French subsidiary.

A commercial court ordered TUV in 2013 to pay damages, ruling that it failed to properly check the implants.

The appeals court in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence overturned that Thursday.