Freezer Co. Hit With $15M Verdict Over Destroyed Embryos

Law360 (June 10, 2021, 9:41 PM EDT) -- A California federal jury on Thursday found freezer manufacturer Chart Industries Inc. liable for the damage to and destruction of harvested eggs and embryos stored in its defective equipment, awarding nearly $15 million to the patients affected by a 2018 cryopreservation tank implosion.

Chart knew its tank controller was defective but failed to recall or retrofit it, a substantial factor in the harm caused to the five patients whose eggs and embryos were compromised in the incident in San Francisco-based Pacific Fertility Center's facility, according to the verdict.

The fertility center was also negligent, the jury found, though it deemed Chart...

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