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September 16, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An infertile Tustin couple involved in an unprecedented custody battle with a surrogate mother sued her and the lawyer who arranged the surrogacy contract Tuesday. Mark and Crispina Calvert filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against Anna M. Johnson, the surrogate mother, lawyer William W. Handel and his organization, the Center for Surrogate Parenting Inc., alleging fraud, breach of contract and infliction of emotional distress.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2011 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Judge David G. Sills, presiding justice of California's 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana who made significant rulings regarding surrogate parents, died Tuesday after a long illness, the court announced. He was 73. Sills was appointed presiding judge of the appellate court's 3rd Division in 1990 by then-Gov. George Deukmejian and served for more than 20 years. In that role the judge led reviews of civil and criminal decisions handed down by Orange County Superior Court. Known as a consensus builder and a gifted writer, he was the author of more than 2,400 majority opinions during his tenure at the busy court.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson said Tuesday that she never expected she would have to forgo a mothering role in the life of the child she agreed to bear for an Orange County couple, even though she signed a contract that prohibited her from trying to have a "parent-child relationship" with the baby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crispina and Mark Calvert said they were grateful to the UC Irvine fertility clinics that helped them have a healthy 5-year-old son from a surrogate mother. But the couple now is suing the university and fertility team for allegedly misplacing their embryos. "We always thought that these doctors walked on water," Mark Calvert said. "They were God-like to us. . . . Now we feel they've stolen our heritage."
NEWS
September 21, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson and the infertile couple who hired her to carry and deliver their baby face a courtroom showdown today because they cannot agree on a temporary custody arrangement for the boy born Wednesday. Johnson was prepared to agree to "shared parenting," in which she would allow full visitation to Mark and Crispina Calvert, said the surrogate's lawyer, Richard C. Gilbert. But the couple said they would rather see the baby in a foster home.
MAGAZINE
February 24, 1991
Allow us to make a few corrections to "And Baby Makes Four" (by Martin Kasindorf, Jan. 20). First, I never stated nor implied that the Calverts did not go forward with our program because of finances. That was their decision, and no reason was given. Furthermore, the Calverts paid the center $2,000 for legal advice, counsel and the use of the contract, not $3,500 as you stated. Second, Anna Johnson never called or visited or applied to the center to be a surrogate. Her claim that she had been accepted by our center is preposterous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Tustin couple who spent 3 1/2 years in a landmark custody battle over a surrogate child are back in the courtroom alleging that they are victims of the UC Irvine fertility scandal. In a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court on Thursday against the University of California and UCI's trio of fertility doctors, Crispina and Mark Calvert allege that their eggs and/or embryos were misappropriated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ and LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The day after a judge's ruling changed their lives, Mark and Crispina Calvert looked to all the world like many other young married couples: He went off to work and she stayed home with the baby. But there was a telling sign that the emotional tumult that spilled into this house in the wake of a nationally watched test-tube baby case had not yet disappeared--on a sunny California day, the curtains were drawn.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1993
According to lawyer Richard C. Gilbert, "it tortures the English language to say that a woman . . . who was never pregnant and never gave birth meets the traditional definition of the term mother ("Justices Cool to O.C. Surrogate Mother's Case," Feb. 3). Wake up! The family unit has changed so radically that the "traditional family" is practically nonexistent. Even Sesame Street has changed its focus from a mom-dad-two-children family to a family with other figures standing in for mom and dad, or excluding one parent altogether.
NEWS
October 23, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Judge Richard N. Parslow Jr. handed the genetic parents of a baby boy a ringing victory Monday, Crispina and Mark Calvert bowed their heads in gratitude, she quietly crying, he gathering her in the crook of his arm. "Thank God," a visibly shaken Crispina Calvert, the baby's genetic mother, said after the ruling in Orange County Superior Court. "Justice has prevailed." But the Calverts' joy was matched by surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson's grief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Tustin couple who spent 3 1/2 years in a landmark custody battle over a surrogate child are back in the courtroom alleging that they are victims of the UC Irvine fertility scandal. In a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court on Thursday against the University of California and UCI's trio of fertility doctors, Crispina and Mark Calvert allege that their eggs and/or embryos were misappropriated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1994 | DAVAN MAHARAJ
A Tustin couple and a surrogate mother who engaged in a landmark custody battle over a surrogate child have agreed to a legal truce. Under a tentative settlement agreement, Mark and Crispina Calvert have agreed to drop their lawsuit against Anna Johnson if she withdraws a cross-complaint. The Calverts signed a $10,000 contract with the Garden Grove woman in 1990 to carry a child for them. During her pregnancy, however, Johnson told the Calverts she wanted to keep the child.
NEWS
October 5, 1993 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After enduring a nasty three-year court battle that damaged them emotionally and drained them financially, Mark and Crispina Calvert on Monday had few regrets over their decision to hire a surrogate mother to carry their child. "It was all worth it," Crispina Calvert said as she gently touched her son, who sat on his father's lap during an afternoon news conference, playing with a little red truck and smiling for photographers. "He's our miracle baby," added a beaming Mark Calvert.
NEWS
May 21, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Setting a new legal standard for surrogate mothers, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an Orange County woman who bore a baby for another couple has no maternal rights to the child. The court also held that contracts in which a woman agrees to serve as a surrogate mother are valid in California despite the absence of a law adopted by the Legislature.
NEWS
May 21, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Setting a new legal standard for surrogate mothers, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an Orange County woman who bore a baby for another couple has no maternal rights to the child. The court also held that contracts in which a woman agrees to serve as a surrogate mother are valid in California despite the absence of a law adopted by the Legislature.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1993
According to lawyer Richard C. Gilbert, "it tortures the English language to say that a woman . . . who was never pregnant and never gave birth meets the traditional definition of the term mother ("Justices Cool to O.C. Surrogate Mother's Case," Feb. 3). Wake up! The family unit has changed so radically that the "traditional family" is practically nonexistent. Even Sesame Street has changed its focus from a mom-dad-two-children family to a family with other figures standing in for mom and dad, or excluding one parent altogether.
NEWS
September 23, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The child born to surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson, a boy who was delivered into the eye of a legal and emotional hurricane four days ago, went home to his genetic parents Saturday. The infant's departure from the hospital was as unusual as his test-tube conception, his gestation in the womb of a hired surrogate, and his birth into a potentially precedent-setting custody dispute. The still-unnamed newborn left St. Joseph Hospital in Orange at 10:15 a.m.
NEWS
October 16, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
Surrogate mother Anna L. Johnson testified Monday that the infertile couple who hired her to bear their baby should not have trusted her to give up the child, but she denied that she misled or lied to them about her intent to keep the infant. Under four hours of intense questioning, Johnson repeatedly fended off accusations from the baby's lawyer that she is a liar, and insisted she had the right to change her mind and keep the child she agreed to bear for Mark and Crispina Calvert for $10,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An infertile Tustin couple involved in an unprecedented custody battle with a surrogate mother sued her and the lawyer who arranged the surrogacy contract Tuesday. Mark and Crispina Calvert filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against Anna M. Johnson, the surrogate mother, lawyer William W. Handel and his organization, the Center for Surrogate Parenting Inc., alleging fraud, breach of contract and infliction of emotional distress.
NEWS
April 17, 1992 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christopher Calvert knows nothing about the books of newspaper clippings and the row of videotaped news programs that his parents keep on a shelf in the living room. When he gets older, he will be permitted to look at them. And he will see that they tell the unusual story of his life. But it is not time for that yet.
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