Meningitis Lawsuit Update: Federal Judge Freezes Some NECC Assets, as Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections Linked to Epidural Steroid Injections Exceed 500
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
A federal judge overseeing fungal meningitis lawsuits in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, has agreed to freeze some assets belonging to the New England Compounding Center (NECC), Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to the Tennessean, U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor on Friday issued an attachment of up to $5 million against the assets of the Framingham, Massachusetts, company. However, Judge Saylor rejected plaintiffs’ request to freeze $461 million in assets belonging to NECC’s owners, including two other companies and their personal residences. (Cole v. New England Compounding Pharmacy, 12-12066, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts)*
Epidural steroid injections supplied by NECC have been implicated in a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections that has so far claimed 36 lives. According to an update posted on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s website yesterday, 510 infections, including 478 cases of meningitis and 14 peripheral joint infections, have been reported in people who received NECC steroid injections to treat back and joint pain.
“Now that the number of illnesses tied to NECC steroids has passed the 500 mark, it’s fair to say the litigation involving the company could be fairly large. Judge Saylor’s decision to freeze some NECC assets will help protect plaintiffs’ interests,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm that represents people injured by defective drugs and medical devices. The firm is currently offering free fungal meningitis lawsuit evaluations to anyone affected by this outbreak.
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In September, Massachusetts-based NECC announced an epidural steroid recall for 17,000 vials of preservative-free methylprednilosone injections. In October, the company voluntarily surrendered its license and recalled all of its products. According to the Tennessean, NECC has since been named in some 50 meningitis lawsuits filed on behalf of people allegedly sickened by the company’s epidural steroid injections. Last month, plaintiffs petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) for consolidation of all federally-filed claims in Minnesota federal court. NECC supports the proposed consolidation, but has requested Massachusetts federal court as the venue for the consolidated proceedings. (In Re: New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2419 [JPML].)
Victims of the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to NECC’s epidural steroid injections may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Learn more about filing a fungal meningitis lawsuit by visiting Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/. For additional information, contact one of the firm’s fungal meningitis lawyers today at (877) 779-1414.
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