More Legislation Needed to Regulate the Body Broker Industry
Michael S. Burg, the founder and a shareholder of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, was interviewed by Noel Brennan from 9 News on October 16th.
Kyle Clark Next reached out to Mr. Burg regarding his op-ed about body brokers that appeared in Westword on August 30, 2018.
Burg explained that body brokers differ from firms that specialize in harvesting organs for transplant, body brokers dismember bodies and sell the parts for profit.
The body brokers deceive the grieving family members of the deceased by telling them that the body will be treated with respect and used for science.
But in actuality the bodies were kept in freezers, or various parts were shipped around the world.
Burg Simpson is currently handling several lawsuits against body brokers.
In the Channel 9 interview, Mr. Burg discussed his meeting with Governor Hickenlooper and the recently passed legislation in Colorado that
prevents anyone from owning both a funeral home and a body broker business.
The Human Remains Disposition Sale Businesses Act, which went into effect in August, 2018, forbids a person from owning more than 10 percent indirect interest in a funeral home
or crematory while simultaneously owning interest in what’s termed a “non-transplant tissue bank” — i.e., a body broker.
The law, which is the first of its kind in the country, also requires so-called body brokers/tissue banks to register with the state and maintain meticulous records.
Mr. Burg said “While it’s a step in the right direction, the state has more work to do in order to protect people’s loved ones from this kind of deceit.”
For more than 40 years, Burg has been a vigilant consumer watchdog, representing thousands of individuals and helping their families overcome catastrophic injuries and immense hardship.
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