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Settlement Reached with UniFirst for $30.5 Million
Foley & Small is pleased to announce that a settlement has been reached on claims asserted by Foley & Small clients and other claimants against UniFirst for $30.5 million as part of the NECC litigation. UniFirst was alleged to be an outside contractor which had provided air quality monitoring services for NECC. It was alleged that UniFirst had negligently failed to discover contaminants at the NECC facility as result of their air quality testing. The settlement with UniFirst must be approved by the US Bankruptcy Court in Massachusetts as part of the overall bankruptcy proceedings involving NECC. The settlement with UniFirst is in addition to the more than $100 million settlement reached with NECC, its owners and related companies and its insurers.
Disclosure Hearing Held in NECC Bankruptcy
The US Bankruptcy Court in Boston, Massachusetts held a hearing on the morning of February 24, 2015 regarding the adequacy of the proposed Disclosure Statement documents in the NECC bankruptcy proceedings. It is anticipated that the Court will be approving the proposed disclosure documents. The next significant hearing date will be for approval of the overall bankruptcy Plan for NECC, which will include the proposed distribution plan of funds to be received by those persons who suffered injuries and those families who lost a loved one as result of receiving a contaminated epidural injection manufactured by NECC. That hearing is not yet been set and it is hoped and anticipated that the hearing will occur in May. Evaluation of claims by those injured from contaminated injections should be occurring this summer with settlement fund distributions occurring thereafter.