Judge Rules Against Recipients In Tissue-Theft MDL

Law360, New York (October 23, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Bone material transplant recipients who say they were given tissues obtained through a multimillion-dollar tissue-harvesting scheme failed to prove that they are at risk for serious diseases, a judge has ruled.

In the multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Judge William J. Martini on Wednesday said the plaintiffs failed to provide “reliable evidence” that they could contract HIV, hepatitis B or C, cancer or syphilis from the allegedly stolen materials.

The partial summary judgment is a victory for tissue-processing...
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