Tuesday, May 5, 2015

U.S. Trustee Challenges NECC Bankruptcy Plan

By Walter F. Roche Jr.

The U.S. Trustee in Boston has filed objections to the bankruptcy plan for the company blamed for a nationwide fatal outbreak of fungal meningitis.
Trustee William K. Harrington filed the objection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Monday charging that the plan would grant releases to parties that may not even have contributed to a $220 million settlement fund.
Calling the releases "extremely board and wide ranging," Harrington said those getting released from further claims include some of those currently under indictment in a parallel criminal case.
NECC has been blamed for the deaths of 76 people who were administered fungus tainted drugs shipped by NECC to physicians and health care facilities in 2012. The indictments charge 14 owners and employees of NECC with crimes ranging from mail and wire fraud to second degree murder.
Under the plan an estimated $220 million would be available to victims and some creditors of NECC.
Tuesday was the deadline for victims or their survivors to send in their ballots on the plan.
Court filings show some 99.5 percent of those who had responded by last week voted in favor of the plan.
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