Moore v Regents of University of California (1990) 51 Cal 3d 120

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Facts
  • A doctor develops a new drug from the discarded cells of a patient
  • The patient sues
Issue
  • Can there be property rights in body parts?
Held
  • The right to privacy and dignity is already protected by informed consent
  • There are not property rights for ethical, religious etc reasons
  • The court feared that because conversion is a strict liability tort, it may open up too many law suits

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