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March 17, 2004 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
A prominent Los Angeles law firm filed a lawsuit Tuesday against companies that it alleged had bought body parts stolen from cadavers that had been donated to UCLA's medical school. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the widow of a man whose body had been donated to UCLA. The suit was seeking class-action status for other donors and was at least the second such suit to be filed since the scandal about the sale of body parts broke earlier this month.
March 12, 2004
What's perhaps most shocking about the arrest of a UCLA official accused of trading in parts of donated human bodies for his own profit is that it should have proved so shocking to university officials. According to Ernest V. Nelson, a human-tissue broker, Henry G. Reid, the director of the university's willed body program, gave him access to the program's freezers twice a week for six years, permitting Nelson to cut up cadavers and take parts away.
May 15, 2009 | Jack Leonard
A businessman accused of selling human body parts donated to UCLA's medical school in a scandal that tarnished the reputation of the university's willed-body program was found guilty Thursday of conspiring to commit grand theft, embezzlement and tax evasion . Los Angeles County prosecutors said Ernest V. Nelson, 51, cut up heads, torsos and other parts from donated corpses and sold them without UCLA's permission to medical and pharmaceutical research companies, collecting $1.
October 24, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
UCLA will seek court permission this week to reopen its scandal-plagued willed-body program, following a ruling that it is largely immune from legal claims that it mishandled donated cadavers, a university lawyer said. The program was suspended last year after its director and another man were placed on leave by UCLA and later arrested on suspicion of selling hundreds of body parts to medical research corporations for personal gain. Louis M.
April 14, 2004 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles court commissioner ordered attorneys for UCLA and the families of body donors on Tuesday to work out the details of a preliminary injunction to govern the university's scandal-ridden willed-body program. Last month, the same commissioner, Bruce E. Mitchell, signed a temporary restraining order barring UCLA from moving donated cadavers without the court's permission. He said he planned to extend that order into a longer-lasting preliminary injunction next week.
March 12, 2004 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
It took two years for Susan Brenner to come to peace with her mother's 1999 death. Now, the grief is back, and it feels endless. Brenner fears that her mother's was one of hundreds of corpses sold in a body-trafficking scheme at UCLA medical school -- but she doesn't know, and may never know for sure. "I feel like she's died all over again," said Brenner, 61, who lives in Duarte. "It's like someone's in a coma. They're neither alive nor dead.
September 23, 2005 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
The University of California's Board of Regents gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal to boost all employee salaries to market levels within a decade but put off a decision on the plan's most contentious aspect, the idea of using private donations to supplement the pay of UC's top executives.
March 14, 2004 | Alan Zarembo, Times Staff Writer
There is no better place in the world to fracture a bone this weekend than here. More than 11,000 orthopedic surgeons -- and nearly 14,000 representatives of companies that make everything from artificial knees to neck braces to shoe inserts -- have been gathering since Wednesday to advance their craft. Crucial to that task over the years have been cadavers.
March 13, 2006 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
Two years ago, in a case that garnered international attention, Ernest V. Nelson was arrested and accused of being a middleman in a scheme to sell body parts from corpses donated to UCLA's medical school. Now, Nelson, who has not been charged with a crime, is seeking to clear his name: writing his memoirs, helping lawyers suing the school and filing his own suit against University of California regents and the police officers who arrested him.
March 10, 2004 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
For six years, Ernest V. Nelson says, he arrived at the walk-in refrigerator of UCLA's willed body program toting a gray case filled with gloves, specimen bags and a power saw. "I cut cadavers for a living," said the burly man with a shiny, shaved head. "I'm the best in the business." While he sawed off legs, feet and hands on an embalming table, Nelson said, medical students, doctors and other "looky-loos" would gather around to see his work.
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