Clinic sued for unauthorised use of sperm
- By: Clare Dyer
The London Gynaecology and Fertility Centre, run by the infertility specialist Ian Craft, last week settled a unique High Court claim by an Austrian businessman that the clinic used his semen without his consent.
Michael von Schonburg sued the clinic for unauthorised use of his semen after learning that his former girlfriend had given birth to a daughter using his frozen semen without telling him.
Last week, shortly before a five day hearing was due to start in the High Court, the wealthy company director, aged 40, accepted a settlement on confidential terms. The clinic's solicitors, Withers, refused to comment at all on the settlement. Unusually, they were not even willing to name Mr von Schonburg's solicitors.
In his writ, claiming damages for breach of contract and breach of duty, he claimed that he had suffered distress, indignation, and anxiety as a result of the clinic's actions. He claimed that