Law firm Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C. filed a donor family class action complaint ( mplaint.pdf), in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, against Philadelphia funeral homes, funeral directors, crematories, and a N.J. tissue harvesting company charged with pilfering bones and tissue from the dead. Several tissue processing companies are also named.

Anapol Schwartz attorneys Larry Cohan and Melissa Fry Hague said, “We are representing hundreds of individuals located primarily in Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia area, including those notified that their loved one’s body parts were stolen.” (See zone.asp).

Plaintiffs are seeking class certification and demanding a jury trial based on 16 counts, ranging from civil conspiracy, negligence and intentional/negligent infliction of emotional distress, to fraud/deception under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

“We must hold the responsible parties and their accomplices accountable. These families have experienced terrible suffering – they deserve to know the truth and move on with their lives,” added Cohan.

Donor families include lead plaintiffs Martha Wilson, Nancy Wilson and James Wilson, and Neil Pancoast. The complaint states that the tissue of Wilsons’ father and Pancoast’s wife (who died of lung and bone cancer at 59) were harvested without consent.

Cohan and Hague are also currently pursuing actions on behalf of hundreds of other victims who received the body parts.

Founded in 1977, Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley is a personal injury firm with 25 attorneys and law offices in Philadelphia, Media, Reading and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as Cherry Hill, N.J. The firm has a multi-faceted practice with a tradition of excellence in medical malpractice law, pharmaceutical mass tort, medical device matters, toxic tort, class actions, products liability, automobile, investor claims and wrongful termination litigation.

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