LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has reinstated a $42 million judgment awarded to a group of 431 people sickened by the diet-drug fen-phen after a settlement was pillaged by their now-disbarred attorneys.
The court on Thursday also upheld a decision to keep alive a part of the civil suit against former class-action specialist Stanley Chesley.
Former clients of attorneys William Gallion, Shirley Cunningham Jr., and Melbourne Mills sued the men, claiming they mishandled the settlement and improperly kept a significant portion of the funds for themselves, while keeping clients in the dark about the full amount of the agreement to end the litigation.
A judge in 2007 awarded the $42 million. The same judge declined to include Chesley in the decision.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals in 2011 overturned the award.