Mich. patients to share $10.5M in meningitis lawsuit

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

More than 300 Michigan patients and survivors affected by a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak will share a $10.5 million class-action lawsuit settlement.

The settlement involving Michigan Pain Specialists in Genoa Township was reached Friday in Livingston County Circuit Court. The clinic was accused of injecting patients with tainted steroids it received from a Massachusetts company blamed for a national outbreak.

“I think it was an excellent settlement under the circumstances,” said attorney Marc Lipton, who represented about 70 of the patients in the case. “I’ve been in communications with these people for three years-plus on this. I see and I hear every day how difficult this infection has been.”

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.

Randy Hackney, an attorney for the Michigan clinic, called the settlement “fair.”

The patients are also included in a $210 million settlement involving New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, where the steroids were made leading to the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.

About 750 people in 20 states developed meningitis after they were injected with the steroids for pain. Some patients developed other infections.


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Associated Press contributed.