VANCOUVER, May 22, 2015 /CNW/ - It took twelve years of class action litigation but men whose sperm samples were irreversibly damaged by a power outage in May 2002 at a laboratory operated by the University of British Columbia may finally receive some compensation for their loss. Counsel for the class, Sandy Kovacs, recently advised Justice Bruce Butler of the British Columbia Supreme Court that the plaintiffs and UBC, as well as a number of other parties (Arpel Security, Caltech Tech Services, Moore Security, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Mallinckrodt, Inc., and Sanyo Electric Co.), had reached a settlement. Most of the class plaintiffs were survivors of cancer or other such conditions and who had been rendered infertile by treatment or the disease. "These men had their sperm samples frozen before they lost their fertility so they could have their own children in the future. They lost that chance. We are hopeful that this settlement will provide some compensation for their loss of their chance to reproduce" said Kovacs. The settlement is for $6.2 million and the Court will be determining whether to approve the settlement or not on June 10, 2015. More information about the settlement can be obtained from www.gkn.ca or at www.ubcspermbankclaim.ca.
SOURCE Grant Kovacs Norell