Trial Begins in IVF Tank Failure Case

On May 24, 2021, before the Hon. Jacqueline Scott Corley, in one of the Northern District of California’s first in-person civil jury trials since the Covid19 pandemic, trial opened against cryogenic tank manufacturer Chart Industries, Inc. over the failure of a cryopreservation tank in March 2018, which destroyed and damaged the embryos of Pacific Fertility Center patients. Girard Sharp attorneys Dena Sharp, Adam Polk and Nina Gliozzo represent the plaintiffs, together with Gibbs Law Group LLP attorneys Amy Zeman and Geoff Munroe. 

In April 2018, one month after the tank failure, Chart issued a recall of several cryopreservation tanks, citing reports of problems with a “vacuum leak.”

In her opening statement, as reported by Reuters, partner Dena Sharp said that evidence would show the tank’s faulty design resulted in a catastrophic loss of liquid nitrogen, and that Chart knew of defects in the tank before the incident. 

You can read more about the Pacific Fertility Center litigation here.

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