US judge may stay steroid litigation
Ruling awaited on consolidating a dozen lawsuits
A US District Court judge will likely determine Wednesday whether 12 Massachusetts lawsuits against the New England Compounding Center can proceed while they await a decision from a federal judicial panel on where their cases will be tried. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed nationwide against the Framingham company accused of causing the national fungal meningitis outbreak by selling contaminated steroids. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will hold a hearing in late January to determine whether the federal cases should be consolidated.