“We look forward to litigating this case on behalf of our client, whose father’s remains were entrusted to Harvard Medical School to further medical education. This was consistent with his life as a dedicated pediatrician. Harvard Medical School failed him, his family, and everyone impacted by these horrific acts,” said attorneys Joe Sauder of Sauder Schelkopf and Bryan Lentz of Bochetto & Lentz.
On October 27, 2023, the Court appointed Joseph Sauder of Sauder Schelkopf LLC and Bryan Lentz of Bochetto & Lentz to the Steering Committee of this case.
On June 14, 2023, it was announced that several individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury alleging that a nationwide network of individuals bought and sold human remains stolen from Harvard Medical School and an Arkansas mortuary. The charges allege that from 2018 through 2022 an individual who “managed the morgue for the Anatomical Gifts Program at Harvard Medical School, located in Boston, Massachusetts, stole organs and other parts of cadavers donated for medical research and education before their scheduled cremations.” It was alleged that at times the individual “transported stolen remains from Boston to his residence in Goffstown, New Hampshire, where he and his wife . . . sold the remains . . . making arrangements via cellular telephone and social media websites.” It was further alleged that this individual allowed other “to enter the morgue at Harvard Medical School and examine cadavers to choose what to purchase.” It is alleged that some stolen human remains were purchased from an individual who stole remains from her employer, a Little Rock, Arkansas mortuary, and crematorium. According to Harvard Medical School, “The Anatomical Gift Program is an altruistic, whole-body donation program in which individuals can donate their bodies to Harvard Medical School to advance medical education and research following their death.”
Sauder Schelkopf and Bochetto & Lentz filed a class action lawsuit in El Paso County on behalf of individuals whose loved ones’ funeral arrangements were handled by Return to Nature Funeral Home based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At least 189 dead and decaying bodies were recovered from the Return to Nature Funeral Home. The Fremont County Sheriff described the scene as “horrific.” Our firms have also litigated cases New Jersey and Michigan on behalf of individuals whose loved ones’ bodies were mishandled
Sauder Schelkopf has a nationally recognized litigation practice. The firm currently serves as court-appointed lead counsel in courts across the country. The attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf have recovered over $500 million on behalf of their clients and class members. Our firm was recognized by the Legal Intelligencer’s 2022 Professional Excellence Awards. The Legal Intelligencer’s Professional Excellence Awards honor Pennsylvania law firms and attorneys who have significantly impacted the legal profession. Our firm was named in the Litigation Departments of the Year (Specialty Area category; runner-up), an award that honors the best litigation practice in a small or mid-sized firm in Pennsylvania. This recognition was based on the firm’s 2021 litigation work and its important ongoing cases. LawDragon has recognized our attorneys in its list of the “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers” for 2022. This list notes: “From the opioid epidemic to toxic substances and defective products, truck accidents to wildfires and sexual abuse, these are the lawyers who stand on the front line in individual lawsuits and class actions seeking justice.” Mr. Schelkopf was named to Pennsylvania’s Best Lawyers® 2022 for Class Actions/Mass Tort Litigation. The American Lawyer named Mr. Sauder to its 2021 Northeast Trailblazers. The honor recognizes 60 lawyers who are “truly agents of change.” It “recognizes professionals in the Northeast who have moved the needle in the legal industry.” The Legal Intelligencer named Mr. Sauder and Mr. Schelkopf in its 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers list recognizing 31 lawyers who “have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes . . . and who are truly agents of change.” The Legal highlighted the firm’s innovative work on advocacy as class counsel in large institutional sex abuse cover-ups, women’s, and children’s rights. Our attorneys have also consistently been recognized by their peers being named to Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, a distinction held by the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania. The National Trial Lawyers Association has also selected our attorneys as the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania.
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If your loved one’s body was mishandled or sold from Harvard Medical School, contact the lawyers at Sauder Schelkopf by filling out the form on this page or calling 888.711.9975