PHOENIX – Ten of 21 plaintiffs who sued a now-shuttered Phoenix body donation company will be awarded $58 million, a Maricopa County Superior Court jury decided Tuesday.
Of the jury’s award, $50 million was punitive damages, and $8 million was compensatory.
“This is a landmark verdict,” said Michael Burg, an attorney for the plaintiffs.
The jury began deliberating Nov. 12 whether to award up to $13.2 million each to plaintiffs who said the bodies of their deceased loved ones were mishandled and disrespected by Biological Resource Center of Phoenix.
Stephen Gore, the owner of Biological Resource Center, was not in the courtroom Tuesday, and his lawyer declined comment.
The 21 plaintiffs in the civil action, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court in 2015, said that the remains of their family members were obtained through “false statements,” that body parts were sold for profit and that they were not stored, treated or disposed of with dignity or respect.
The plaintiffs said Gore was deceptive for not telling…