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THE ESTATE OF HENRIETTA LACKS’ SUES THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC. OVER USE OF CELLS ON THE 70 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH

Henrietta Lacks Family and Attorneys Kim Parker, Ben Crump and Chris Seegers praying at an October 4, 2021 press conference

By the Associated Press

The estate of Henrietta Lacks sued a pharmaceutical company on Monday, accusing it of selling cells that doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital took from the Black woman in 1951 without her knowledge or consent.

The cells taken from the woman who died of cervical cancer, known as HeLa cells, have been reproduced infinitely ever since, and used in countless scientific and medical innovations including the development of the polio vaccine and gene mapping.

The “HeLa cell line, became the first human cells successfully cloned and have since been used continually “for research that has touched nearly every realm of medicine,” lawyers for the estate said in a news release.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., of Waltham, Massachusetts, knowingly mass produced and sold tissue that was taken from Lacks by doctors at the hospital and “a racially unjust medical system,” her estate’s federal lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit asks the court in Baltimore to order Thermo Fisher Scientific to “disgorge the full amount of its net profits obtained by commercializing the HeLa cell line to the Estate of Henrietta Lacks.” It also seeks an order permanently enjoining Thermo Fisher Scientific from using the HeLa cell line without the estate’s permission.

On its website, the company says it generates approximately $35 billion in annual revenue. A company spokesman reached didn’t immediately comment on the lawsuit.

The remarkable science — and the impact on the Lacks family — have been documented in a bestselling book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Oprah Winfrey portrayed her daughter in an HBO movie about the story.

A group of white doctors at Johns Hopkins in the 1950s preyed on Black women with cervical cancer, cutting away tissue samples from their patients’ cervixes without their patients’ knowledge or consent, the lawsuit says.

“The exploitation of Henrietta Lacks represents the unfortunately common struggle experienced by Black people throughout history,” the suit says. “Indeed, Black suffering has fueled innumerable medical progress and profit, without just compensation or recognition. Various studies, both documented and undocumented, have thrived off the dehumanization of Black people.”

Among the lawyers for the family’s estate is Ben Crump, a Florida-based civil rights attorney. Crump rose to national prominence in recent years for representing the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd — Black people whose deaths at the hands of police and vigilantes helped revitalize a national movement toward police reform and racial justice.

Johns Hopkins says it reviewed its interactions with Lacks and her family over more than 50 years after the 2010 publication of Skloot’s book.

“At several points across those decades, we found that Johns Hopkins could have — and should have — done more to inform and work with members of Henrietta Lacks’ family out of respect for them, their privacy and their personal interests,” Johns Hopkins says on its website.

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The Estate are represented by National Civil Rights lawyers Ben Crump and Chris Seegers . One of the lawyer, Kim Parker, has also had numerous cases filed in Federal and State Court. Specifically:

Kim Parker, Esquire- According to her website, her practice focuses on counseling the firm’s clients regarding bankruptcy, personal injury and business matters. Prior to joining the Law Office of Kim Parker, P.A., Kim was a Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Norris C. Ramsey, P.A., where she litigated various matters in the Circuit and District Courts of Maryland. Kim is an experienced Trial Attorney who has tried numerous cases in the District and before juries in Circuit Courts of Maryland. She is a well-respected lawyer and litigator. Ms. Parker is no stranger to civil rights cases. She represented Venus Green, a 90 year Baltimore Professor who was assaulted by the Baltimore City Police. Attorney Parker obtained a $95,000 settlement.

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BREAKING NEWS——Baltimore police officers shoot and kills african-american man in mental health crisis standoff

On August 8, 2021, a Police Officer from the Baltimore City SWAT Unit, Jeffrey P. Archambault , shot and killed 40 year old Marcus Martin, who, based on facebook post and a gofundmepage setup by the family was having a mental health crisis, when Officer Archambault used force. We will update this story soon, once more information becomes available.

Verdict: Derek Chauvin Guilty For The Murder of George Floyd

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There was a time when I followed trials and posted daily on this blog the videos or reports of what happened in court.  Although I still follow trials, I’m no longer able to write daily posts. 

I watched former Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial.  When I was unable to watch live, I recorded it and watched in the evening.   The two most impressive witnesses for the prosecution, in my opinion, were George Floyd’s girlfriend Courtney Ross, and pulmonary expert Dr. Martin Tobin. 

Courtney Ross extinguished all demonizing of George’s opiate addiction.  Dr. Tobin calmly explained how George died, even pointing out when his brain stopped receiving oxygen and his body went into seizure. 

In this case, Derek Chauvin was held accountable for his decisions and actions that caused the death of George Floyd.  As his eyes darted back and forth, up and down, Chauvin heard verdicts on three…

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Republicans and Abortion

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I’ve never been one to vote based on issues that are not relevant to my life or the betterment of this country, such as climate change.  For at least two decades, I’ve personally heard Republicans say they were voting for a politician because they are anti-abortion and/or anti-gay rights.  I always asked if they planned to have an abortion and if they are gay?  To that, they wanted to quote from the Bible, in which I had to remind them that the United States does not have a theocratic government.

Frankly, I’m tired of hearing Republicans say that they don’t understand how Christians can be Democrat when Democrats  made abortion legal in the United States.  That is simply not true.  At the time of Roe v. Wade, six (6) of the Justices on the Supreme Court were appointed by Republican presidents.

Voting because of wanting laws that control the lives…

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Congratulations President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris — 3CHICSPOLITICO

The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president. It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together. pic.twitter.com/YlDY9TJONs — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 7, 2020 My alarm clock […]

Congratulations President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris — 3CHICSPOLITICO

Disgraced Philadelphia Judge accused of improperly jailing parents in custody cases admits misconduct charges

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Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Lyris Younge, admitted in filings recently made public, to the allegations of judicial misconduct in cases before her in Family Court. In one case, that is the subject of the disciplinary proceedings, a litigant took ill during the proceedings and stepped out in the hallway. When she attempted to return, Younge refused to permit her entry, and terminated her parental rights in her absence. Younge is also accused of berating lawyers, social workers and other litigants in her short 4 year tenure on the bench. Once the disciplinary proceedings started, she was transferred to the Civil Division, were she presides over landlord tenant and other matters. It was reported that she Ordered a building full of tenants “EVICTED” with one weeks notice.

She should be thrown off the bench, and disbarred. She abused her position and has brought the entire profession into disrepute. She is a tyrant and a terrible example for Minority and Female Judges,

Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney’s Found Murdered

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The body of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, the 3-year-old girl who was abducted in Birmingham on Oct. 12, was found inside of a dumpster at a landfill, Police Chief Patrick Smith said Tuesday night. Patrick Stallworth and Derick Brown have been charged with capital murder and kidnapping in connection with her death.  Our prayers and thoughts go out to Kamille’s entire family.

Rest In Peace Kamille!

 

Fort Worth Police Officer Kills African American Woman While She Was Peeping Through Her Window

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Atatiana Koquice Jefferson

A black woman was shot and killed by police inside her own home early Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, after her neighbor called a non-emergency police number for a wellness check on her. Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, was killed in a bedroom at the home at around 2:30 a.m., according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

 

Disgraced Lawyer Aaron Morris Schlossberg Sued for Legal Malpractice

 

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On May 16, 2018, Aaron Morris Schlossberg, a New York Lawyer, was recorded in a racist tirade directed to employees of a store he was visiting, who were speaking Spanish. Interestingly, Mr. Schlossberg, also speaks Spanish, French and two other languages according to his website.

As a business lawyer, Mr. Schlossberg represents a number of businesses in litigation and other disputes in court. One of those businesses, Niche Music Group LLC, and one of their Managing Members, Attorney Jonathan P. Clunies, Esq,  filed suit on January 3, 2019, in the Supreme Court for the State if New York. Niche and Clunies, alleges, among other things, that, “Schlossberg’s propensity for public racist outbursts was unknown to Niche until May 16, 2018”. The Complaint goes on to state that “Schlossberg owed a duty to Niche to conduct himself in public in such a way as to not discredit himself or his clients”. In addition, “In committing his public racist outburst Schlossberg failed to exercise the ordinarily reasonably skill an knowledge commonly possessed by a member of the legal profession”.

 

I will continue to follow the case and post updates.

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Updates on Trials and More

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John Hernandez

Hello good people.  I’ve been unable to follow trials and news daily to write blog posts about them.  As it stands now, I’m unsure if and when I’ll return to writing blog posts on a regular basis.  My last chemo treatment is scheduled for February, and then I’ll be on targeted immunotherapy for a year, so we’ll see how I’ll feel come March of next year.

There is much happeningand I wanted to bullet point some things. As and if time allows, I’ll post updates in the comment section below.   Feel free to do the same.

Terry Thompson and his wife Chauna were charged with murder for the May 28, 2017, choke-hold death of John Hernandez in Crosby, Texas.  Terry was put on trial in July 2018 and the jury hung.  His retrial began in October 2018.  The jury found Terry guilty and sentenced him to 25 years. …

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