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Pacific Fertility Center Faces Class-Action Lawsuit for Freezer Malfunction Resulting in the Loss of Frozen Eggs and Embryos

Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, California, faces a federal class-action lawsuit after one of its storage tanks lost liquid nitrogen for a short time in early March of 2018, which may have caused the loss of some frozen eggs and embryos. The lead plaintiff, identified only as S.M., alleges gross negligence on the part of Pacific Fertility Center in the maintenance, inspection, and monitoring of the malfunctioned storage freezer, which resulted in the loss of S.M.'s eggs. Read More.

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M. v. Pacific Fertility Center et al (filed 3/13/18)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

A woman, identified only as S.M., whose frozen eggs were stored at the Pacific Fertility Center has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in response to reports of a freezer malfunction in early March that caused damage to some or all of the tissue stored there. This is the second incidence of a freezer malfunction at a storage facility (the first being at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio), but the two are unrelated.

Carter v. Rudinplay, Inc. (filed 3/13/18)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama

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American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) (filed 3/12/18)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

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U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

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U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

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