Meningitis victims to ask judge to freeze assets

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for a New Hampshire man and a Pennsylvania woman who contracted meningitis after getting contaminated steroid injections allegedly made by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are asking a judge to freeze up to $461 million in assets owned by the pharmacy, a sister company and its executives while lawsuits against them are pending.

The lawyers are also asking the judge to issue an injunction to prevent the transfer of assets in attempts to avoid paying damages to hundreds of people who became sick or died after receiving injections.

Framingham-based New England Compounding Center is under investigation for allegedly distributing a tainted steroid that has sickened more than 400 people and led to more than 30 deaths nationwide.

A judge has scheduled a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston.

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