Jury Awards $15 Million for Destroyed Embryos; 80,000 Pennies Dumped on the Lawn by Dad as Final Child Support Payment Donated; Kanye West ‘dated’ Irina Shayk before Kim; Chicago Students Developing Cure For Peanut Allergies; Chicago Fully Reopens Today
Jury Awards $15 Million for Destroyed Embryos in a Historic Verdict
The District Court for the Northern District of California, in a jury decision, awarded the five victims $14.975 million in damages, including $14 million for emotional distress, in a landmark verdict involving the destruction of frozen embryos three years ago in a storage tank malfunction at the Pacific Fertility Center, a fertility clinic in San Francisco.
The historic verdict is the first of its kind to compensate victims who have been denied the opportunity to have biological children due to a freezer tank malfunction.
On March 4, 2018, a piece of equipment in the Pacific Fertility Center’s cryo-storage laboratory “lost liquid nitrogen for a brief period of time,” compromising the frozen embryos and destroyed its viability.
“We are truly sorry this happened and for the anxiety that this will surely cause,” Pacific Fertility Center said in an apology shortly after the incident occurred.
According to the verdict, at least one tank manufactured by Chart was defective, and it was a “significant factor in causing harm” to all five plaintiffs. The jury found Chart to be 90% at fault and Pacific Fertility Center to be 10% at fault.
Both the manufacturer and Pacific Fertility Center were negligent with regard to the tank, the jury says. The manufacturer should have known that the defective controller on the tank was dangerous or likely to be dangerous.
Chart became aware of the defect after the tank was sold but failed to recall the equipment or correct the problem, according to court records. The damages include the value of the lost eggs and the victims’ pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
“These families have suffered an unspeakable loss and still struggle every day with the tragedy that took place more than three years ago at Pacific Fertility Center,” said attorney Adam Wolf, who represents victims in other IVF and genetic material cases.
“Today’s jury award honors the pain and suffering that these families have gone through and are still going through,” Wolf said.
Teen Donates 80,000 Pennies Dumped on the Lawn by Dad as Final Child Support Payment
A Virginia teen was shocked when her father dumped 80,000 pennies on her front lawn as his final child support payment uses the incident to help others.
Avery Sanford, a senior at Deep Run High School, told CBS affiliate WTVR that she was taken aback and hurt when the pennies arrived outside her home shortly after turning 18.
“It’s not just my mom he’s trying to embarrass,” she told the outlet of her father, who she says she has not spoken to in years. “It’s also me and my sister, and it’s upsetting that he didn’t consider that before he did this.”
“When I was in the middle of class, my dad came by,” she explained to the outlet. “He had rented a trailer. He pulled up in front of the house and turned the trailer on so it dumped out all the pennies on the grass.”
Though Sanford was not present during the shocking moment, the teen stated that her mother was present during the dumping.
“My mom came out while it was happening and didn’t recognize him at first, and she asked, ‘What are you dumping on my lawn? And he said, ‘It’s your final child support payment,’ and that’s when she realized who it was.”
Despite being hurt by her father’s actions, she wanted to turn the negative moment into something positive.
She and her mother chose to donate the 80,000 pennies to Safe Harbor, a shelter for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking.
“Turning around and donating that money to moms and children in need, I feel like that really turns this situation into a positive one,” she explained to WTVR. “You can learn a lesson from it.”
Sanford’s father – whose identity has not been revealed publicly – claimed in a phone call with WTVR on Tuesday that his actions “were the result of 18 years of built-up frustration.” Adding that his “emotions got the better of him” during the incident and that “the last thing he wanted to do was to drive a further wedge between him and his daughter.”
Kanye West ‘dated’ Irina Shayk before Marrying Kim Kardashian
Kanye West’s initial romance with Russian model Irina Shayk happened way before he married Kim Kardashian.
West, 44, and Shayk, 35, were spotted vacationing in Provence, France, on Tuesday, just days after West’s birthday, and the two have been quietly dating for several weeks, according to a source who said, “it’s casual at the moment, but they’re into each other.”
However, a source in the music industry said, “Kanye was with Irina briefly before Kim. He had pursued her a long time ago.”
Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova, also known as Irina Shayk, has a decade-long fashion relationship with West. She previously modeled for Yeezy and appeared in the music video for his 2010 single, “Power.” He also made a reference to her in his track “Christian Dior Flow,” writing, “I want to see Irina Shayk next to Doutzen.”
Whatever they had at the time was fleeting. Shayk began dating soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010, and Kanye made his relationship with Kim public in 2012.
Nonetheless, some showbiz insiders have been taken aback by West’s sudden new romance with Shayk.
However, the source added that Kim is happy for them, saying, “Everyone in the family — including Kim — wants Kanye to be happy, and they wish him well.
According to the insider, “For Kanye, it’s about keeping up his image … He has a stream of projects coming up. Plus, this is excellent for her career. She’s a gorgeous girl, but the path to being a supermodel is sometimes dating someone very famous to put them over the top. ”
Shayk’s colorful dating history has frequently been the subject of showbiz gossip: she was in a five-year relationship with soccer superstar Ronaldo until early 2015, when they split amid rumors of Ronaldo’s infidelity.
In April of that year, she began dating Bradley Cooper. They welcomed a daughter, Lea, two years later. However, the relationship appeared to fall apart as his chemistry with Lady Gaga soared in 2018’s “A Star is Born,” but both Gaga and Cooper maintained their relationship was strictly professional.
Shayk and Cooper ended their relationship in 2019 but have remained amicable and continue to co-parent their daughter.
University Of Chicago Students Developing A Cure For Peanut Allergies
A group of University of Chicago students is working on a potential breakthrough that could benefit millions of people who suffer from dangerous food allergies.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reported that their efforts are gaining support due to a college competition.
Professor Jeff Hubbell, together with a team of researchers and students at the University of Chicago, is making huge steps in the fight against food allergies.
“Here, we’re trying to develop a therapy that would be like a vaccine,” Hubbell said. “You have it done, then it’s done, and then the food allergy is taken care of. That’s our objective.”
Professor Hubbell’s year-old start-up company Phlaxis is developing a vaccine. He is joined by researcher Shijie Cao, graduate student Hikaru Ihara of the University of Chicago, and undergraduate Josette Chang.
“There’s 32 million Americans who suffer from food allergies every three minutes, and one of them gets sent to the ER. There’s no cure, but for food allergies, it would be life-changing,” Chang said.
According to NVC co-founder and University of Chicago professor Steve Kaplan, they impressed judges at the University of Chicago’s New Venture Challenge and won second place last week in that competition for promising businesses.
“Our judges who knew life sciences and biotech thought it was the best biotech plan we have ever had in the New Venture Challenge,” Kaplan said.
It’s arduous work, probing the behavior of molecules. Potential, but not yet market-ready.
While there is still a long way to go before a cure is discovered, this is a promising development for the millions of people who suffer from food allergies.
“We’re many years away, six, seven, eight years away. We hope to be in a clinical study in three, four years,” Hubbell said.
“We think the opportunity here is very high,” Hubbell said. “And we’re really committed to drive it forward to find out if we’re onto something or not.”
Second place in the New Venture Challenge means the company will receive a nearly $300,000 investment as the University of Chicago’s scientific community and business scholars collaborate to potentially change the lives of millions.
Chicago And The Rest Of Illinois Fully Reopen Today
For the first time in more than a year, life in Chicago will return to normal today, Friday, as the city and state enter the final phase of the reopening process.
Five of the city’s museums are doing something a little different Friday night, staying open late to celebrate the state’s full reopening and to welcome back visitors.
On Friday, the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History will remain open until 9 p.m. The DuSable Museum of African American History, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture will remain open until ten o’clock.
All five museums will reopen on Saturday at regular hours.
Although the start of Phase 5 of the state’s reopening plan means that businesses no longer face capacity constraints, certain COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.
While all businesses may reopen without state restrictions, they may continue to require customers to wear masks and maintain social distance.
While individuals who have received all recommended vaccines are no longer required to wear a mask in most situations, face coverings will remain required on public transportation and in congregate settings such as schools, hospitals, daycare centers, and correctional facilities.
Additionally, individuals who have not received their complete vaccination are urged to wear masks in public.
However, the governor will waive the outdoor mask requirement for all Illinois schools, in accordance with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
However, if you are planning an event that will draw a large crowd – such as a wedding – you may proceed with your plans.
Large events, such as festivals may also return without regard for capacity constraints.
Additionally, sports stadiums can reclaim their full capacity. For instance, Wrigley Field will open to capacity on Friday when the Cubs take on the Cardinals.
On June 25, the White Sox will return to full capacity at Guaranteed Rate Field.