Greenberg v. Miami Children's Hospital Research Institute
United States. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Federal Supplement, 2d Series, 2002; 208: 918-929
KIE: Court Decision; 208 Federal Supplement, 2d Series 981; 2002 July 8 (date of decision). The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in a memorandum opinion and order transferred this case to another federal district court with personal jurisdiction and venue over the parties. The parents of children with Canavan's disease sued the researcher and research institute over access to genetic testing for the disease, because the research and research institute had applied for patents on both the Canavan disease gene itself and applications including prenatal and carrier genetic testing for the disease. The parents had provided blood and tissue samples for the research with an alleged understanding that any future testing from such research would be made affordable and accessible. The case was transferred to Florida because there were sufficient "minimum contacts" between all plaintiffs and that state, not with Illinois, to allow personal jurisdiction over all parties, who resided in several states, which included Illinois as the residence of the lead plaintiff Greenberg and Florida as the legal residence of the lead defendant Miami Children's Hospital Research Institute.
Date of Decision: 8 July 2002
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