The Latest: French court overturns breast implant ruling

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<pThe Latest on the faulty breast implant scandal (all times local):

<p4 p.m.

<pFrance'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.

<pWednesday's decision by the Court of Cassation means that the years-long case must be retried.

<pIt'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.

<pThey took their compensation demand to TUV Rheinland, a German products-testing company — initially ordered to pay 5.7 million euros (currently $6.5 million) in damages. That ruling was overturned in 2015 by an appeals court.

<pThe women had argued the implants shouldn't have been certified.

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<p9:40 a.m.

<pFrance's top court is ruling in a case that may require some 1,700 women around the world to pay back compensation they received over rupture-prone breast implants.

<pThe decision Wednesday concerns German products-testing company TUV Rheinland, which was initially ordered to pay damages to the women.

<pAn appeals court later found the Germany company was not liable for the faulty implants, which were made by French manufacturer Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP.

<pPIP was convicted of fraud for making implants with industrial-grade silicone instead of medical silicone. But the bankrupt company couldn't pay damages to women who suffered from leaky implants as a result, so women sought compensation from TUV Rheinland instead.

<pThe German company says it has paid 5.7 million euros ($6.5 million) in damages to 1,700 women. Tens of thousands of women worldwide received the faulty implants.