New England Compounding Center, the Framingham pharmacy blamed for the meningitis outbreak that has killed 21 people nationwide, will likely file for bankruptcy protection soon to try to stem the growing number of lawsuits against the firm, according to bankruptcy and plaintiffs attorneys. The company already faces at least 10 lawsuits in federal and state court across the country — with more popping up by the day. A bankruptcy filing would immediately freeze such legal actions and block patients from filing new lawsuits.
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