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Breast-Implant Company Founder Arrested in French Investigation

January 26, 2012

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The founder of Poly Implants Protheses SA was arrested for questioning by French police investigating manslaughter and accidental injury claims linked to the company’s breast implants.

Police detained Jean-Claude Mas at his home early this morning as part of one of the two criminal probes targeting him, a man who works at the law firm of Mas’s lawyer, Yves Haddad, in Toulon, France, said today by telephone.

The man declined to be identified by name, saying he isn’t authorized to speak for Haddad, who was with Mas during the questioning and unavailable to comment. The arrest was previously reported by Agence France-Presse.

PIP allegedly used inexpensive materials in its implants, leading to concerns they were leaking industrial silicone inside women who received them. Another investigation is pending into whether PIP and Mas deceived others by not disclosing the implants’ contents.

PIP, based in Toulon, was liquidated in March 2010 after French authorities banned the company’s implants. France and Germany are among the countries that have recommended women have the implants removed.

--Editors: Christopher Scinta, Kristen Hallam

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