Thomas More Society Attorneys Mark Another Win in Defense of David Daleiden
(January 13, 2017 – Chicago) StemExpress, a fetal tissue vendor identified in the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal, has dropped its lawsuit against undercover journalist David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress. As part of Daleiden’s legal team, Thomas More Society attorneys are encouraged that the California-based tissue broker has relinquished attempts to justify its participation in the human tissue and body parts trade.
“We are pleased that StemExpress has chosen not to waste taxpayer time and money with this lawsuit. It was an attempt to escape public censure and to futilely justify the unjustifiable,” said Thomas More Society Special Counsel Peter Breen. “The findings of Congress’ Select Investigative Panel have demonstrated the validity and integrity of Mr. Daleiden’s undercover research and his publicly released findings. This is the third legal matter in which we’ve seen Mr. Daleiden vindicated.”
StemExpress’ dismissal of their legal complaint came within days of the release of the final report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Investigative Panel. In the report, the panel refers StemExpress for criminal prosecution for violation of multiple federal and state laws.
The panel’s findings allege that StemExpress:
- destroyed documents that were the subject of congressional inquiries.
- profited from the sale of fetal body parts.
- violated HIPAA (privacy) laws when collecting fetal body parts.
On July 14, 2015, Daleiden, CEO of the Center for Medical Progress, began releasing a series of video exposés. One of the videos captured unguarded conversation at a dinner party that revealed the depth of StemExpress’ involvement with Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts trafficking.
The tissue vendor filed a retaliatory lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles on July 27, 2015. The videos featured frank discussion between Planned Parenthood executives and their business partners, including StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer. One clip, which Breen labels “gruesome, callous, and crude,” shows Dyer laughing as she describes the procedure for shipping the babies' bodies so as to not alarm the recipients who will see their intact faces.
The Thomas More Society notes that the withdrawal of the lawsuit, StemExpress LLC et al v. The Center for Medical Progress et al., is the latest triumph in the defense of David Daleiden. Other victories in the onslaught of legal attacks that the abortion industry has brought against Daleiden include:
- Texas Judge Dismisses Misdemeanor Criminal Charge Against Daleiden [https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/texas-judge-dismisses-misdemeanor-criminal-charge-against-daleiden/]
- Court Rules that Congress Can Receive Full Unedited Footage of Undercover Investigation into National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood [https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/court-rules-that-congress-can-receive-full-unedited-footage-of-undercover-investigation-into-national-abortion-federation-and-planned-parenthood/]
About the Thomas More Society: The Thomas More Society is a national not-for-profit law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Headquartered in Chicago and Omaha, the Thomas More Society fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. For more information, visit thomasmoresociety.org.