PWCK Attorney: San Francisco Fertility Clinic That Compromised 2,000 Embryos to Try Today to “Bury” Lawsuit in Closed Arbitration Proceedings

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, which faces a class action
lawsuit after up to 2,000 embryos in its care were compromised, is
asking a federal court today to move its customers’ claims to private
arbitration. This comes less than four months after University Hospitals
(UH) Fertility Center in Cleveland succeeded in getting a court to
impose a gag order to shield it from public scrutiny over the
destruction of up to 4,000 embryos, according to Peiffer Wolf Carr
Kane, which is representing victims from in both cases.

Attorney Adam Wolf, a partner with Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane, said: “This
is a very troubling pattern: these two fertility clinics, whose conduct
resulted in the largest embryo destruction cases in United States
history, are seeking to shield themselves from public scrutiny.”

Wolf added: “Hundreds of individuals in the San Francisco debacle
have not yet sought out legal counsel. If the Pacific Fertility
proceeding shifts to arbitration, Pacific’s victims would be well served
to obtain guidance from a firm that has extensive experience in handling
embryo destruction cases and arbitration.
We are ready and eager
to assist any individuals requiring our assistance.”

In July, University Hospitals in Cleveland succeeded in getting a court
to grant a gag order to shut down public discussion of the case. UH
initially underestimated the scale of the embryo losses at 2,000 and
then later doubled that to 4,000. For details on the lawsuit filed by
PWCK, go to

The Cleveland embryo disaster came to light at almost the same time as
the losses at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco. In March 2018,
Pacific Fertility Center acknowledged that it may have destroyed 2,000
embryos and eggs. Pacific Fertility emailed clients a notice informing
them that their stored tissue “may have been impacted” when the liquid
nitrogen in Pacific’s Tank No. 4 fell below necessary levels. The
resulting class action lawsuit charges Pacific Fertility Center, its
parent company, Prelude Fertility, and the tank manufacturer, Chart
Industries, with liability relating to the cryogenic storage tank
failure. Pacific Fertility Center is now rejecting its customers’
preferred forum for bringing their claims by asking the court to move
the matter to private arbitration. For details on the Pacific Fertility
lawsuit filed by PWCK, go to

The lawsuit alleges that the misconduct of Pacific Fertility, Prelude
Fertility, and Chart Industries caused panic, confusion, anxiety,
devastation, and irreparable damage to hundreds of prospective parents
and families. The suit further alleges that since the incident, Pacific
Fertility has not provided clear and consistent communication to those
affected or offered support services. Instead, plaintiffs and class
members have received vague and conflicting information from different
staff members, leaving victims confused and even more anxious, during an
already emotionally difficult time. At the same time, Pacific Fertility,
Prelude Fertility, and Chart Industries have refused to provide
information to the public about the cause of the tank failure and the
scope of the disaster.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages, equitable relief, and other
remedies as a result of the misconduct of Pacific Fertility, Prelude
Fertility, and Chart Industries.


Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane is a national law firm with offices in San
Francisco, Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Missouri, and New Orleans.
PW is nationally recognized for its handling of a number of cases
involving embryo loss and destruction issues. The firm has put together
a sophisticated team of lawyers dedicated to representing families and
victims of reckless and negligent fertility clinics, fertility medical
centers, and fertility doctors. Its attorneys are committed to fighting
on behalf of victims and their families.