03.07.07

Sperm Lawsuits on the Rise

Posted in Infliction of Emotional Distress, Invasion of Privacy at 9:06 am by kevin

The last blog posting was in regard to a lawsuit over a sperm bank in New York that had lost several embryos. This brought to mind that there are several other lawsuits over sperm lately in the news that needs to be discussed.

For instance, the paternity of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby DannieLynn, may actually be from Smith’s late husband, Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall. It has been rumored that Marshall’s sperm was frozen before his death and used to impregnate Smith.

In another case, a Los Angeles man is suing a sperm bank for invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress when he discovered a concealed camera in the ceiling of the private sperm donation room.

A man in Portland, Oregon is suing a sperm bank, when the company allegedly gave the sperm he was saving for his fiancé to the wrong woman. The $2 million lawsuit is being brought against Oregon Health & Sciences University.

A New York woman is suing a midtown sperm bank for giving her the wrong sample. Her late husband had donated his sperm when he had cancer and she conceived a child after his death. The white couple had a black baby, who is now 4-years-old and has been subjected to taunts.

03.06.07

Sperm Bank Lawsuit Filed by Lesbian Couple Over Loss

Posted in Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligence at 2:21 pm by kevin

Repro Lab, a Manhattan sperm bank and embryo center is being sued by a lesbian couple for losing six embryos. Cathy Berger and her domestic partner, Adriana Pacheco are seeking $3 million in damages for negligence in loss of irreplaceable property and infliction of emotional distress.

The frozen embryos were from Pacheco’s fertilized eggs and were discovered missing last year in May when Berger was making medical preparations for implantation. This is the second high profile case in a year involving Repro Lab. In November 2006, a judge ruled that a dead son’s sperm was not the property of the parents and needed to be destroyed, which set off a debate among U. S. ethicists.