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Mar 23, 2006 | New York Post A Nebraska man has filed suit, claiming he caught hepatitis B and C from untested and illegally harvested tissue he received during back surgery.

Ned Jackson, of Omaha, says he's a casualty of a multimillion-dollar body-parts ring that operated out of New York and New Jersey and allegedly harvested bones and tissues from more than 1,000 corpses without proper consent or disease testing.

The suit, filed in Newark, N.J., seeks punitive damages and is one of at least two dozen filed nationwide against now-defunct Biomedical Tissue Services of Fort Lee, its owner, Michael Mastromarino, and others already facing criminal charges.

Jackson, however, is one of the few who have come forward claiming physical harm from the unscreened tissue. Many Hepatitis C patients develop chronic liver disease.

"Not only is he faced with a life sentence of liver disease that we believe came from the bone transplant, but he cannot remove these dreadful parts from his back," said his lawyer.

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