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Couple settles lawsuit over destruction of frozen embryos

An Ohio couple who sued a hospital that runs a fertility clinic where more than 4,000 eggs and embryos were destroyed have settled their lawsuit.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports attorneys for Rick and Wendy Penniman filed documents in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Common Pleas Court this month dismissing the matter. The Pennimans were among more than 100 people who sued University Hospitals over embryos lost after a storage tank's temperature fluctuated at the fertility clinic in suburban Cleveland in 2018.

The Broadview Heights couple claimed their embryos were living persons and should have been treated as patients. They continued to fight a court ruling that frozen embryos aren't persons.

The settlement terms weren't made public. The couple's attorney declined to comment. A hospital spokesman said "the claims were resolved."

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