Clinic's Parent Co. Can't Arbitrate Destroyed Embryo Claims

Law360 (March 26, 2019, 11:41 PM EDT) -- A proposed class action accusing a California fertility clinic of negligently destroying or harming stored embryos and eggs has been kept mostly out of arbitration after a California federal judge ruled that claims against the clinic’s parent company can’t be arbitrated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley said the arbitration agreement signed by clients of Pacific Fertility Center applies only to certain claims in a suit accusing the clinic and its parent company Prelude Fertility Inc. of allowing a storage tank containing fertility patients’ genetic material to fail in March 2018, resulting in the loss of about 4,000 eggs and embryos....

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