August 3, 2016 — A class action lawsuit has been filed by the family of a man whose body parts were mishandled by Biological Resource Center.
The class action (PDF) was filed by Pequeena Dixon and her siblings on behalf of their father, William E. Perkins. He died in November 2013 in hospice, 11 days after a stroke.
Soon after his death, she signed a “Willed Body to Science Form.” It assured her the remains would be treated with “dignity and respect” and whatever was not used would be cremated and returned to her.
In December 2013, Biological Resource Center certified that her father’s remains had been cremated.
In April 2015, she was notified of a criminal investigation by the FBI. She was told that her father’s body parts were discovered during a search of Biological Resource Center and being held by the FBI.
The evidence suggests that the ashes she received may not actually be the remains of her father. She and her siblings filed a class action lawsuit soon afterward.
The class action was filed on May 28, 2015 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Chancery Division) — Case No. 2015-CH-08513.
The plaintiffs are represented by Kenneth T. Goldstien and Clinton A. Krislov of Krislov & Associated, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois.
Several companies are accused of illegally selling human body parts for profit in the United States and internationally, mishandling dead bodies, and lying to victims and their families about what they were doing with the donated bodies.
The companies named in the class action included:
- Biological Resource Center (Phoenix, Arizona)
- Biological Resource Center of Illinois (Rosemont/Schiller Park, Illinois)
- International Biological, Inc. (Detroit, Michigan)
- Arthroscopy Association of North America (Schiller Park, Illinois)
- Anatomical Service, Inc. (Schiller Park, Illinois)
- Waukegan Hospice Corp., Vista Hospice, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center (Illinois)
In October 2015, the owner of Biological Resource Center, Stephen Gore, pled guilty to a Class III felony in a criminal lawsuit filed in Arizona (Case No. CR2015-005246-001).
A civil lawsuit was also filed against Biological Resource Center, LLC by Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., and Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP (Case No. CV2015-013391).
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