@ Chris B:One of the primary purposes of lawsuits is also to help
ensure that nothing like what happened will ever happen again. And in this case,
the university has already taken the necessary precautions to make sure it
won't and can't. So lawsuit compensation won't change
anything at this point. BTW: The odds are ridiculously small of any
married couple finding out they are closely related because of this case. Even
to the point that it isn't even worth considering. As such, why would you
even ask such a question?
Ned,The same thing most lawsuits accomplish. Compensating a victim
for injustices done to them by another party
At this point in time, what, exactly, would a lawsuit accomplish in this
This kind of crime shouldn't be possible to get away with today, assuming
genetic testing is done on the intended father and the baby, and all male lab
assistants as a condition of being hired.
I'm curious what the state and federal government are going to do if its
discovered that a married couple is biologically related close enough that it
would have been prohibited had all parties known?Sure brings added
meaning to the terms "Brothers and Sisters" now doesn't it?
When this lab had a crazed employee dedicated to artificial procreation of
himself, it was a relatively simple thing for him to accomplish. The question
in my mind is simply this: what kind of security did this lab not have that he
got away with this on a grand scale?The liability issue of this sort
of situation is massive enough as it is. It is also complicated by genetic
mental health issues as well.
Looks like this make get expensive for the U. Apparently there were mix ups
reported back in the 90s. Here is a court case resulting from an alleged
mix-up.Supreme Court of Utah.David HARNICHER and
Stephanie Harnicher, Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH MEDICAL
CENTER, Defendant and Appellee.No. 960204.-- July 31, 1998
"U. physicians working to determine cause of mix-up at infertility
lab"Really? An assistant's sperm is used to fertilize eggs
and they don't know the cause? Somehow I think the real
question is more of the "how many" variety!