January 24, 2021

The Niche

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Stemgenex

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By Claire Horner In 2016, a law firm in California began looking for individuals who were “misled or harmed by stem cell treatment” in the southern California area (which was discussed on this blog here). While there had been other lawsuits filed by plaintiffs against individual clinics, this firm was looking to take a different approach: a proposed class action combining multiple harmed patients into a single lawsuit. With the rapid expansion of clinics operating in the United States that offer unproven – and …Read More

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The stem cell clinic StemGenex was sued almost a year ago related to allegations about their marketing claims. This proposed class action suit, Moorer v. StemGenex, now includes five named patients involved as one can see from the new fourth amended complaint court document. The five total named patients involved in the suit include four new ones Alexandra Gardner of Colorado, Stephen Ginsberg of California, Jennifer Brewer of Montana, and Rebecca King of Arkansas, and then the original plaintiff Selena Moorer, who is a resident …Read More

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The civil lawsuit against Stemgenex here in California was substantially narrowed by a judge and some of the judge’s comments were surprising in suggesting limitations in how patients may respond to stem cell clinics or other businesses if they are unhappy enough to consider filing suit. For more on the court’s ruling see my previous post. I asked a California legal expert, who prefers to remain anonymous, for their take on this and at the handling of patient consent in particular. Below is their …Read More

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Can California stem cell clinics make questionable marketing claims about their experimental, non-FDA approved offerings as long as they are not demonstrably false? Do such clinics not bear any legal requirement to provide informed consent to patients? A new court ruling raises such striking questions. San Diego stem cell clinic Stemgenex sells non-FDA approved experimental stem cell offerings to patients suffering from a variety of conditions and last year a lawsuit was filed against the clinic on behalf of some of their customers. The proposed class …Read More

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Stem cell clinic biotech Stemedica has just been sued  by one of its own board members based on allegations related to money the company raised, according to CourtHouseNews. The actual suit, filed by an investment company Tiara Holdings and board member Anthony Marlon, can be read here. CourtHouseNews writes: “Tiara Holdings II LLC sued Stemedica Cell Technologies Inc. and its top three officers on April 6 in Clark County Court. The officers are CEO and Chairman of the Board Roger Howe, Vice Chairman and CEO …Read More

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The world of stem cell clinics is on edge right now with a number of negative patient outcomes reported and lawsuits in play such as San Diego stem cell clinic Stemgenex being a defendant in a proposed class action lawsuit focusing in part on alleged problematic marketing claims on their website (see archived posts on the lawsuit). Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik has a new piece on both the broader stem cell clinic jungle out there and on specific issues with Stemgenex. It’s a …Read More

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The website Law360 has an interesting update on the proposed class action lawsuit against the San Diego stem cell clinic Stemgenex.  Note that it seems you can read the full Law360 article without a subscription if you open the site in Chrome as your web browser. See more background on Stemgenex and on this case here. Not surprisingly, the plaintiffs and defense see this case in opposite ways as reflected in quotes in the Law360 article: “Plaintiffs make non-specific and conclusory allegations with respect …Read More

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Below are the 2016 stem cell predictions I made last year and their status now color-coded near year’s end. Green is right, orange is mixed bag, and red is flat out wrong. Overall, I did better than most past years with only having entirely blown it on four. Stay tuned later this week for my 2017 predictions, which looks to be a dramatic year in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine. The Score Card on 2016 Predictions Another stem cell biotech acquisition by pharma …Read More

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San Diego-based stem cell business Stemgenex is the subject of a suit over allegations about stem cell treatments. The company has now filed a motion to dismiss the case. To me as a non-attorney, the Stemgenex motion to dismiss seems to emphasize overall vagueness of the plaintiff’s case and argues in part that there is insufficient detailed support of each claim. From my reading of the plaintiff’s suit document, the case seems focused on alleged issues with Internet marketing claims and it provides details mainly on that level. Are all nine …Read More

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There is a growing trend of apparently unhappy patients suing stem cell clinics, which have faced more lawsuits recently and some of these cases are proposed class action suits that could have much broader impact. The latest case is against San Diego-based Stemgenex, a clinic that has claimed amongst other things that it can treat numerous diverse afflictions and that it has had a 100% customer satisfaction rate. KPBS reporter David Wagner also has more on this story. Wagner also noted that Stemgenex has publicly argued for less FDA oversight of …Read More