Judge Sets Up Mediation in Meningitis Case

U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV is setting up a mediation program in an attempt to quickly settle the dozens of pending lawsuits filed by victims of the fungal meningitis outbreak that claimed the lives of 15 Tennesseans. Issued yesterday, the 13-page order follows closely the plan urged by victims’ lawyers. Two Nashville attorneys, Mark Chalos and Gerard Stranch, termed it an important victory. Chalos, who represents several victims, argued for the plan in a lengthy court session last week and said the order was “an important step for families to get justice.” The Tennessean has more.