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To know the value of everything—a critical commentary on B Björkman and S O Hansson’s “Bodily rights and property rights”

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  • 1 John Moore underwent treatment for hairy-cell leukaemia at the Medical Center of the University of California. He claimed that his physician and other defendants used his cells in potentially lucrative medical research without his permission and that he had a proprietary interest in each of the products that any of the defendants might ever create from his cells or the patented cell line. The court held that the complaint stated a cause of action for breach of the physician’s disclosure obligations, but not for “conversion” which is a legal term for a “wrongful act of dealing with goods in a manner inconsistent with the rights of the person entitled thereto, with the intention of denying his title or asserting a right inconsistent with it”.9