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Jensen lawsuit is moved to U.S. court

A state lawsuit filed against the state of Utah and Intermountain Health Care by Parker Jensen and his parents has been moved to federal court.

According to a notice of removal filed Tuesday by attorneys representing Jensen, through his parents, Daren and Barbara Jensen, the case was moved in light of the family's allegations of civil rights violations by the state and IHC.

Court documents also reflect that all parties, including the state and IHC, have agreed that federal court is the proper venue for the suit and have consented to the move.

Doctors at Primary Children's Medical Center diagnosed Parker Jensen with a rare form of cancer in May 2003, and officials with the state Division of Child and Family Services tried to gain custody of the then-12-year-old when his parents rejected the diagnosis and recommended medical treatment.

The ensuing custody battle caught national interest and raised renewed debate over parental rights and the duties of states to protect children who authorities believe are being abused or neglected.