Coakley asks for corporate manslaughter law change
BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is working to revamp the state's corporate manslaughter law in the wake of that deadly meningitis outbreak.
The 200-year-old law, which has never been updated, currently only penalizes companies up to $1,000.
In a letter to Beacon Hill lawmakers, Coakley wrote the penalty is inadequate and not a meaningful deterrent. She's asking for the maximum fine to be increased to $250,000.
The request comes as a 71-year-old Andover woman says she contracted fungal meningitis after receiving a steroid shot at a Lawrence clinic. Her doctor told FOX 25 that the woman did receive medications made by New England Compounding Center, but it was not from one of three lots linked to deadly nationwide outbreak.
The state is still investigating the woman's claim.