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Judge: Lawyers owe at least $62 million to former clients

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A judge has ruled that three attorneys
accused of bilking their clients in a diet drug settlement must
repay more than $60 million in settlement funds and interest.

Special Judge William Wehr yesterday ordered William Gallion,
Shirley Cunningham and Melbourne Mills to repay $42 million taken
from the settlement and just over $20 million in interest. Wehr
said the interest was eight percent over the six years the
attorneys had the funds.

The attorneys are being sued by about 400 former clients who
claim the lawyers took too much money as part of a $200 million
fen-phen settlement.

Gallion and Cunningham own a 20 percent stake in thoroughbred
"Curlin," who won the second leg of the Triple Crown in May.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-08-04-07 0300EDT


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