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California jury awards $15 million to victims after a storage tank malfunction destroyed embryos

June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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In a historic verdict, five victims were awarded nearly $15 million by a jury after a storage tank malfunction at a fertility clinic in San Francisco destroyed their frozen embryos three years ago.

(CNN)In a historic verdict, five victims were awarded nearly $15 million by a jury after a storage tank malfunction at a fertility clinic in San Francisco destroyed their frozen embryos three years ago.

The verdict is the first of its kind to award damages to victims who have lost their chance to have biological children due to a freezer tank malfunction.

The Pacific Fertility Center said a piece of equipment in its cyro-storage laboratory "lost liquid nitrogen for a brief period of time" on March 4, 2018, ruining the viability of some frozen embryos.

"We are truly sorry this happened and for the anxiety that this will surely cause," Pacific Fertility Center said in an apology shortly after the incident occurred.

The manufacturer and Pacific Fertility Center were negligent with respect to the tank, according to the verdict, and the manufacturer should have known that the tank's defective controller was dangerous or likely to be dangerous.

"These families have suffered an unspeakable loss and still struggle every day with the tragedy that took place more than three years ago at Pacific Fertility Center," said attorney Adam Wolf, who represents victims in other IVF and genetic material cases.

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