Suits Pile Up Over Human Tissue

Law360 (February 21, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A South Dakota couple has filed a lawsuit alleging the wife had blood tissue from a cadaver inserted in her during a spinal surgery, making her vulnerable to HIV, hepatitis and other infectious diseases.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, is one of numerous filed across the country accusing Biomedical Tissue Services, Regeneration Technologies and SpinalGraft Technologies of negligence, product liability, and infliction of emotional distress.

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