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Appeals court upholds convictions in fen-phen case

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of two former attorneys serving prison time for scamming clients out of $94.6 million from a $200 million settlement over the diet drug fen-phen.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that a trial judge did not err in the case of 61-year-old William Galliion and 57-year-old Shirley Cunningham Jr. The defendants had argued the errors denied them a fair trial.

Gallion and Cunningham were convicted in 2009 of scamming more than 400 clients out of millions they had won against American Home Products, now known as Wyeth. Fen-phen was pulled from the market in 1997 after users had heart problems related to the drug

They had been prominent attorneys in Lexington and were one-time owners of champion racehorse Curlin.

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