April 10, 2013
The Tennessean reports that two Nashville attorneys have been selected by a federal judge in Boston to play key roles in the multiple lawsuits filed on behalf of victims of the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened a growing number of Tennessee residents.
In an order issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV named Lieff Cabraser's Mark P. Chalos, from Nashville, to serve on a plaintiffs’ steering committee, which will act as an advocate for the interests of victims as the litigation progresses.
Chalos was also named as the federal-state liaison in the pending and future cases, which means he will be responsible for keeping parties in the federal litigation apprised of developments in pending state court litigation, and vice versa.
Currently there are three outbreak cases that remain in Davidson Circuit Court and more than a dozen others in local courts in Virginia. Chalos, records show, is one of the attorneys for Jane and Gerald Wray of Robertson County.
The appointment of Chalos comes as officials of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed yet another increase in the number of victims of the outbreak including two more in Tennessee. The CDC said the death toll from the outbreak has reached 53.
Learn more about the Meningitis outbreak and lawsuits and the rights of patients who contracted Meningitis in the 2012 outbreak.