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Attorney in fen-phen case ordered disbarred

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky attorney acquitted in criminal
court of stealing millions from clients in a diet drug settlement
but held liable in civil court has been disbarred.
The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday banned Melbourne Mills of
Lexington from working as an attorney and ruled that he cannot
reapply for his license.
Mills was acquitted in 2009 of taking part in a scheme to bilk
clients out of the majority of a $200 million settlement over the
diet drug fen-phen. Two other attorneys, William Gallion and
Shirley Cunningham, were convicted, sentenced to prison and
disbarred.
The three attorneys were also ordered to pay $42 million in
civil court to their former clients.
The federal government ordered Wyeth to pull fen-phen from the
market in 1997 after multiple cases of users being diagnosed with
cardiac problems.

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