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UK court drops lawsuit against IVF clinic in forgery case

October 06, 2017 11:54 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against an in vitro fertilization clinic by a man who says his ex-wife forged his signature to conceive a child using an egg fertilized with his sperm.

A judge said the clinic hadn't been negligent, but slammed the "desperate, dishonest" behavior of the man's former wife.

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The man, identified only as ARB, says his ex-wife forged his name on a consent-to-thaw form for an embryo the couple had frozen before their split. The embryo was transplanted at a London clinic in October 2010 and a daughter born the following summer.

ARB sued the clinic, seeking damages to cover the cost of the child's upkeep.

Judge Robert Jay ruled in the clinic's favor, but said his judgment was "a complete personal and moral vindication for ARB."

He added "the same cannot be said" for his ex-wife, who had "resorted to desperate, dishonest measures" to conceive a child.

The judge granted the father permission to appeal.

In a statement, ARB said he would appeal in his quest "to right a fundamental wrong."

"This claim has never been about money. It is about justice," he said.

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