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Pharmaceutical firms targeted in meningitis case hire defense lawyer

By Tim McLaughlin

BOSTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - The pharmaceutical companies at the center of the deadly meningitis outbreak have disclosed they hired a lawyer from a top white-collar criminal-defense firm in Boston.

New England Compounding Center, Ameridose LLC and Alaunus Pharmaceutical LLC hired Paul Cirel, a partner at Collora LLP, which is known for its high-profile criminal defense work. Cirel is experienced in defending clients against healthcare fraud claims and criminal charges.

(Reporting By Tim McLaughlin)

((tim.mclaughlin@thomsonreuters.com)(+1 617-856-4409))

Keywords: USA HEALTH/MENINGITIS NECC LEGAL