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Court reinstates $42 million verdict in drug case

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.

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