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Clinic facing meningitis lawsuits wants 1 judge

By KRISTIN M. HALL
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Attorneys representing a Tennessee outpatient clinic that administered tainted steroid injections linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak want to consolidate the lawsuits under a single Nashville judge.

Seven lawsuits have been filed in Davidson County, but attorneys representing Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center and the Saint Thomas hospital told a judge Friday that several more lawsuits were expected to be filed.

C.J. Gideon, who represents the center, told Circuit Court Judge Joe Binkley that having a single judge hear all the cases locally would be more efficient.

But George Nolan, an attorney representing some of the meningitis patients, said he was concerned that consolidating the cases with others that have not yet been filed would cause a delay.

The injections were produced by the New England Compounding Center.

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