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Tenn. Attorney General to defend tort law in meningitis lawsuit

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October 2012: Tennessee is one of the hardest states hit after a meningitis outbreak is traced back to contaminated medicine from a Massachusetts facility.
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By Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee attorney general is defending the state's tort law in a lawsuit filed by the husband of a Brentwood woman who died after getting fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections.

The lawsuit was filed by Wayne Reed over the death of his wife, Diana, against the owners and operators of Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center, which administered the shots produced by the Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center.

The state will argue against the lawsuit's claims a Tennessee law passed in 2011 that capped damages from personal injury cases is unconstitutional during a hearing set for Friday in Nashville.

More than 700 people have gotten sick from the injections and 50 have died across the country stemming from the outbreak that was first discovered in Tennessee last fall.

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