03.2018Thousands of Eggs and Embryos Were Put at Grave Risk by the Unprecedented Storage Tank Malfunction SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–San Francisco-based law firm Girard Gibbs LLP along with the law firm of Sauder Schelkopf LLC have filed a class action lawsuit in San Francisco on behalf of patients whose eggs and embryos were harmed following a large-scale equipment failure at the Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that Pacific Fertility Center was negligent in failing to properly maintain its cryo-preservation equipment, which may have rendered thousands of eggs and embryos no longer viable. Attorneys at Girard Sharp and Sauder Schelkopf are reviewing potential claims on behalf of additional patients who were affected by the incident. The victims assert that Pacific Fertility Center broke the law in failing to adequately maintain, inspect, monitor, and/or test its liquid nitrogen storage tanks in accordance with industry standards. Specifically, it is alleged that Pacific Fertility Center failed to maintain a functional electronic tank monitoring system capable of detecting a rise in temperature or a drop in liquid nitrogen levels and promptly alerting staff to the immediate problem. Plaintiffs also claim that Pacific Fertility Center failed to keep the eggs and embryos safe and secure, in breach of the patients’ contracts. “The patients of San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Center who were affected by this incident are distraught by what has happened,” said Daniel Girard of Girard Gibbs. “Pacific Fertility Center was entrusted to preserve and safeguard these eggs and embryos, and it failed. The company must be held accountable for the harm and anxiety it has needlessly caused patients and their families,” said Matthew Schelkopf of Sauder Schelkopf. Patients who were affected by the Pacific Fertility Center equipment failure and would like to learn more about their legal rights in the Pacific Fertility Center Lawsuit may contact our team at (415) 360-3831. Our attorneys pride themselves on being there for our clients at every stage of the litigation, from intake through verdict or settlement. About Girard Sharp Girard Sharp is a national litigation firm representing plaintiffs in lawsuits in state and federal courts. The firm serves individuals in cases involving catastrophic personal injury and consumer protection laws. Girard Gibbs has been named a Tier 1 law firm for plaintiffs’ mass tort and class-action litigation by the U.S. News & World Report. Our attorneys have been named among the Best Lawyers in America © for six consecutive years and have been recognized among the Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California. About Sauder Schelkopf LLC Sauder Schelkopf LLC is a nationally recognized law firm protecting the rights of individuals, small businesses, investors, employees and consumers. The firm’s partners have been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania since 2012.