Judge: Chesley owes $42 million in diet drug case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky judge has ordered a disbarred prominent class-action attorney dubbed the "Master of Disaster" to pay $42 million to settle allegations he improperly took the money in a diet drug lawsuit.

The ruling from Boone County Circuit Judge James P. Schrand comes 17 months after the Kentucky Supreme Court found that Stanley Chesley of Cincinnati engaged in unethical conduct in the settlement of a $200 million lawsuit involving the makers of the diet drug fen-phen.

Kentucky disbarred Chesley in March 2013. He subsequently voluntarily retired from the Ohio Bar.

The judgment stems from a lawsuit brought by 342 clients sickened by the diet drugs against Chesley and three other attorneys.

In all, four lawyers and a judge have been disbarred in connection with the fen-phen litigation.

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