On September 12, the California Supreme Court issued an order granting the petition for review in Conroy v. UC Regents. The Court of Appeal had ruled for the University on the following issues raised by Ms. Conroy:
Conroy contends the Regents breached contractual and legal duties to her when UCI failed to keep track of her husband’s body, failed to contact her before disposing of her husband’s remains, and mishandled or otherwise treated her husband’s body in a disrespectful manner while using it for purposes other than teaching or scientific research.
The appellate court ruled that the matter was governed solely by the donation form executed by her husband. On that basis, the court upheld the trial court judgment rejecting Ms. Conroy’s claims of negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of special duty, and breach of implied contract