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US: Egg donor ‘price cap’ challenge settles

 |  February 15, 2016

A settlement has been reached between parties of a class-action lawsuit regarding compensation paid to egg donors in the USA.

The lawsuit was brought by two egg donors, who have since been joined by a further two donors, against the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). It claims that guidelines, first published in 2000, that state payments to donors in excess of $5,000 ‘require justification’ and that sums above $10,000 are ‘not appropriate’ amount to an unlawful ‘price cap’ on the compensation payable to egg donors.

The guidelines are not mandatory but are widely followed by fertility clinics in the USA. Yet, despite the guidelines, compensation for donor eggs in the USA regularly reaches up to $75,000 dollars and there are even reports of six-figure sums being paid out.

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