|[November 19, 2012]
Hagens Berman: Judge to Weigh Request to Freeze Personal Assets of Owners of NECC on Tuesday
BOSTON --(Business Wire)--
A federal judge ordered an expedited hearing on meningitis victims'
motion to freeze at least $461 million worth of assets belonging to New
England Compounding Company (NECC), Ameridose, Medical Sales Management,
and the owners and employees of those companies.
Judge Frank Dennis Saylor IV of the U.S. District Court for the District
of Massachusetts will hear arguments tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. about
whether the court should grant an injunction which would preserve the
defendants' assets on behalf of those who were injured or died after
receiving tainted medication produced by NECC, according to court
The plaintiffs will ask the court for an injunction to prevent New
England Compounding Center (NECC) and its owners and other defendants
from concealing or transferring assets to avoid liability for the
national meningitis outbreak allegedly triggered by drugs compounded and
distributed by the company.
NECC was co-founded by Gregory Conigliaro and Barry Cadden and according
to filed lawsuits, employ other family members including Lisa Conigliaro
Cadden, Dr. Douglas Conigliaro, Barry's brother and sister.
"There are so many unknowns in this case that we need to take this step
to safeguard our clients' interests and the interests of the hundreds of
people we believe were injured by the negligence of NECC and its
owners," said Thomas Sobol, attorney for the plaintiffs and managing
partner of the Boston ofice of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro. "We think
that the defendants' past behavior calls into question their ability to
act in good faith. And we have serious concerns about the financial
viability of any of the defendants."
The plaintiffs filed lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Massachusetts alleging that they developed meningitis after
exposure to epidural injections compounded by NECC. They have since
amended their complaints to seek a constructive trust for the benefit of
all injured victims.
The judge has granted the plaintiffs' request for an expedited hearing
to decide whether to issue the injunction, which is scheduled for
tomorrow, Nov. 20, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. in federal court in Boston.
The two plaintiffs are represented by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a
law firm with extensive experience in pharmaceutical fraud and
The suits name a number of defendants including NECC, Ameridose, Medical
Sales Management, NECC's sales arm, and several individuals including
many of the pharmacists, owners and leaders of NECC and Ameridose. They
allege that NECC's failure to observe reasonable safety standards in its
facilities during the production of injectable steroids triggered an
outbreak that has already claimed 33 lives and infected 480 individuals
in 19 states, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for
Patients who received spinal steroid injections or other drugs
manufactured and sold by New England Compounding during the last two
years may be at risk of contracting meningitis or other serious health
conditions. You can contact Hagens Berman to discuss legal
representation by calling (206) 623-7292 or by emailing Meningitis@hbsslaw.com.
More information about these cases is available at http://www.hbsslaw.com/joinacase/suit/693.
About Hagens Berman
Seattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a national
plaintiff-focused law firm with offices in ten cities. Founded in 1993,
we represent plaintiffs in class actions and multi-state, large-scale
litigation that seek to protect the rights of investors, consumers,
workers, whistleblowers and others. More information about the firm is
available at www.hbsslaw.com.
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