Argentine women take French breast implant company to court

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Argentine women take French breast implant company to court

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Almost 300 Argentine women fitted with faulty breast implants have filed a multi-million euro lawsuit against French company Poly Implant Protheses (PIP.)

The collective action launched in a Buenos Aires courthouse is looking for over 40 million euros in damages for the affected women.

The lawsuit is also directed at German quality control company TUV Rheinland and German insurer Allianz.

Lawyers expect hundreds more Argentine women to come forward.

Dr Virginia Luna, the lawyer representing the women said: “The action is beginning with three hundred women heading this claim, with the intention that it is opened as a class action lawsuit, a collective action for all Argentine women who have been or are victims of the PIP implants, so they can join together and win compensation as regards the damage they have suffered.”

Founder and chief exec of PIP, 73-year-old Jean-Claude Mas, has admitted filling the implants with an unproven homemade recipe made of industrial-grade silicone gel.

He has been charged with manslaughter and fraud and faces up to five years in prison if found guilty. The verdict will be known in December.

PIP’s implants have been banned and the company, located in southern France, has been liquidated.

A total of 16,426 women have had the implants removed since investigators found the devices were twice as likely to rupture as rival brands