New Research to Be Conducted on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak That Led to Pioneering Litigation by Elizabeth Kaveny

An April 10, 2013 story in the Nashville Tennessean reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) engaged the Mycoses Study Group, University of Alabama at Birmingham, to conduct a one-year study to determine the long-term effects of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak from tainted steroid injections linked to 720-plus cases nationwide. The study will focus on infected individuals in the five states that the CDC says were hardest hit: Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia.

Elizabeth A. Kaveny, name partner in noted Chicago plaintiffs' law firm Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny (BWMK), was one of the first attorneys in the country to file suit against New England Compounding Center (NECC), source of the tainted injections, on behalf of four individuals from the state of Michigan. They were among multiple victims at the Michigan pain center that will be included in the new study. In her four pioneering cases, now assigned to federal court in Massachusetts, Ms. Kaveny is seeking monetary damages and criminal penalties against the company and its agents on behalf of her clients.