In a landmark case in France, a French appeal court has ruled that a patient who received substandard implants manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Proth├Ęse, or PIP, should receive compensation. It also upheld an earlier ruling finding that German company TUV Rheinland, which awarded safety certificates for the faulty implants, was negligent.

The ruling has far-reaching effects as it is estimated that up to 400,000 women worldwide have received the illegal implants.