Orange County prosecutors file suit against biological suppliers, alleging unlawful pricing of fetal tissue

The Orange County district attorney's office has filed suit against two biological supply companies, accusing them of selling fetal-derived cells and tissues to drug companies and academic institutions at unlawfully high markups around the world.

The suit, filed Wednesday, names Orange County-based DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences, a sister company, as defendants. The suit demands that the companies stop the sale of fetal tissue and cells and that they reimburse researchers who say they overpaid for the products.

An attorney representing both firms said they had done nothing wrong and called the matter a lawsuit over “accounting issues.”

The suit alleges that the companies obtained aborted fetuses from Planned Parenthood and sold tissues and stem cells from the fetal parts, earning hundreds of thousands in revenue from their sale from 2009 to 2015.

State and federal law permits the donation of fetal tissue for research but forbids its sale for fees beyond certain strict limits, such as fees for processing and handling costs.

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