$100 million settlement reached in meningitis outbreak
The Associated Press is reporting that a preliminary settlement has been reached to create a compensation fund of more than $100 million for victims in the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak.
A significant amount of the cases affected Michigan residents.
New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts pharmacy company linked to the outbreak, filed for bankruptcy protection after being hit with lawsuits tied to the tainted steroid injections.
Dingeman, Dancer & Christopherson, which represents some 80 northern Michigan clients involved in the lawsuits, says it is helping clients file claims with the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Boston before a January 15th deadline.
Attorney Mark Dancer called reports of the preliminary settlement "encouraging news."
Over 700 people in 20 states developed fungal meningitis and 22 of the 64 people who died in the outbreak lived in Michigan.