$58M Awarded in Lawsuit Against Body Donation Firm

first_imgHe said he saw one torso that had its head removed and a smaller head sewn on, comparing the discovery to a character from Frankenstein. The retired agent also said the horrific discoveries during the raid led some FBI employees to undergo counseling. Lawyers representing the donor families had asked for $13 million for each plaintiff but acknowledged ahead of the verdict that Gore wasn’t likely to be able to pay a large award. They said they brought the case to trial to hold Gore and his business accountable. The trial against Stephen Gore, owner of the Biological Resource Center of Arizona, ended with jurors finding in favor of 10 of 21 plaintiffs, awarding $8 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows Stephen Douglas Gore, the owner of a now-closed Phoenix body donation facility who in 2015 pleaded guilty to a felony charge for his role in mishandling donations of human remains. Jury deliberations have entered their fifth day Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at a trial to determine whether Gore is civilly liable for mishandling donated human remains. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP, file) Gore’s business was raided in January 2014 by FBI employees wearing hazardous-material suits and breathing through respirators. A retired FBI agent testified that body parts were piled on top of each other and had no identification. This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows Stephen Douglas Gore, the owner of a now-closed Phoenix body donation facility who in 2015 pleaded guilty to a felony charge for his role in mishandling donations of human remains. Jury deliberations have entered their fifth day Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at a trial to determine whether Gore is civilly liable for mishandling donated human remains. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP, file) An attorney for donor families said he believes jurors did not rule in favor of 11 other plaintiffs because they didn’t testify at trial. In a letter to the sentencing judge, Gore said he should have been more involved in the supervision of his employees and could have been more open about the donation process. Gwendolyn Aloia, who was awarded $5.5 million, said the verdict shows that the body donation industry needs more government regulation. Donor families also said they were promised the cremated remains of relatives and received boxes with what they thought were their loved ones, only to later discover the bodies were sold to third parties or were still at the facility. Her husband’s remains were donated after his 2013 cancer death, but she testified she wouldn’t have allowed it had she known his remains would be sold for profit. She doubts the cremated remains that she was given were his. Cadaver donation companies distribute remains to universities, medical device manufacturers and drug companies. The companies pay the associated costs and use the bodies for medical education and research, and families save burial or cremation costs. PHOENIX (AP) – A civil jury has awarded $58 million Tuesday to 10 people who alleged a now-closed body donation facility mishandled the donated remains of their relatives and deceived them about how the body parts would be used. Michael Burg, an attorney representing donor families, said the industry will learn from the verdict that there are consequences for deceptive practices. “It sends a message to others that don’t want to be honest or trick people into doing this,” Burg said. The families contended they were weren’t told the bodies would be used in ways they would not have approved. Jurors were shown the business’ price list, showing, for instance, that a torso without a head sold for $4,000. Gore pleaded guilty in October 2015 to a felony charge for his role in mishandling the donated parts. Though Gore denied the allegations in the lawsuit, he acknowledged when pleading guilty to illegally conducting an enterprise that his firm provided vendors with human tissue that was contaminated and used the donations counter to the wishes of the donors. Gore’s business was accused of fraud by claiming the donated bodies would be used for medical research, when it knew some of the remains would be sold for military testing, such as crashes and explosions. A woman whose son’s remains were sold for military testing was awarded $6.5 million. Timothy O’Connor, an attorney for Gore, declined to comment on the verdict. He had argued that clients signed consent forms granting permission to dissect donated bodies, and that it was legal for the facility to make a profit.last_img read more

ICC to issue helmets to umpires for World T20

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) will be issuing helmets for all umpires in the upcoming World T20 in India starting from March 8 as part of increasing the safety of officials in the sport.The initiative comes in the aftermath of two umpires being hospitalised in the past two months for on-field injuries.In December, Australian John Ward was hospitalised after being hit on the head during a Ranji Trophy match in India, while English umpire Richard Kettleborough received a heavy blow to the shin while officiating in an One-Day International (ODI) between Australia and India in Canberra on January 20.Australian umpire Gerard Abood decided to wear a helmet as protection in the Big Bash League recently which was keenly watched by his peers. Ward then wore a helmet in an ODI.”In the last three or four years, the fitness and the strength of the players has increased dramatically, and the bats are so much better than ever before, so the guys are hitting the ball a lot harder,” Kettleborough was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Friday.”We’ve seen some umpires being hit in recent times and it’s becoming quite dangerous, certainly in T20 and one-day cricket especially.”Kettleborough adcded, “I know for the T20 World Cup we’re all going to be issued helmets. We’re not obliged to wear them, it’s totally up to us, but it’s certainly something I’ll be taking on board and thinking about.”Kettleborough believes the bowlers and non-strikers are also in the firing line constantly and it is only a matter of time before someone gets hit badly.advertisement”Our safety, as with the players, is paramount. The non-strikers are in danger too, as is the bowler in his follow-through, there’s no doubt about that. It’s only a matter of time before someone gets hit quite badly,” he said.last_img read more