CooperSurgical Embryo Solution Recall/Embryo Loss Investigation
Lieff Cabraser is investigating claims by fertility clinic patients who allege CooperSurgical’s solution used in the IVF process resulted in the destruction of their developing embryos. Patients have accused CooperSurgical of not conducting thorough testing on their embryo culture media, and assert that the company’s defective product and negligent conduct destroyed irreplaceable embryos. In December 2023, CooperSurgical issued an urgent recall for three lots of its solution, noting “the risk to health is impaired embryo development prior to the blastocyst stage.”
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein’s clients, Zachary and Kearsten Walden were recently featured in The New York Times sharing their story of how they were impacted by CooperSurgical’s failures. Read the article here.
If you were affected by CooperSurgical’s defective embryo solution, we urge you to talk to Women’s Health Lawyer and Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London today about your rights and potential recovery.
You can call toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 or use the form below.
The information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence, and will help us hold CooperSurgical accountable for laboratory failures that resulted in destroyed embryos as well as significant physical and emotional distress.
Fertility, IVF, and Embryo/Egg Loss Injuries
Lieff Cabraser represents fertility patients who have been injured by cryogenic storage facilities, fertility clinics, genetic testing laboratories, and IVF supply manufacturers nationwide.
In June 2021, plaintiffs won a $15 million verdict in the San Francisco Pacific Fertility Center cryogenic tank failure egg & embryo destruction lawsuit. The jury found the freezer tank manufacturer to be most at fault, though the clinic also shared some of the blame for the tragic losses. In the 2018 complaint, patients alleged the clinic destroyed or seriously damaged hundreds of cryogenically preserved eggs and embryos stored at its facility in San Francisco after liquid nitrogen depletion in one of its storage tanks.
Lieff Cabraser currently represents families devastated by contaminated Natera preimplantation genetic tests. Because the genetic tests are performed on viable embryos after thawing and before implantation, seeking to confirm the presence or absence of serious birth defects and other illnesses, these faulty test results leave families with devastating losses and impaired future family planning.
|Sarah R. London
Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London serves in lead roles in women’s health cases, including work as court-appointed Liaison Counsel and Interim Class Counsel in the federal class action filed on behalf of families in May 2018 against San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Center over the Center’s March 2018 allegedly negligent destruction of hundreds of frozen eggs and embryos as a result of a leak in a cryogenic storage tank. Sarah also served in a leadership role in successful litigation recovering millions of dollars on behalf of women who suffered serious injuries due to complications from allegedly defective trans-vaginal surgical mesh.
A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Tiseme Zegeye specializes in employment discrimination suits and women’s health individual and class actions. Prior to joining Lieff Cabraser, Tiseme was a Staff Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, where she litigated to protect women’s reproductive rights. Previously, she was a Legal Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project in New York, where she worked to fight gender discrimination in employment, education, and housing.
An attorney in Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Hannah Lazarz works on litigation in state and federal courts nationwide aimed at helping those who have been wronged. In addition to working on consumer fraud and product defect cases, Lazarz also contributes to Lieff Cabraser’s growing national practice in civil lawsuits against large institutions and the employees they knowingly protect who committed sexual assault.