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Cincinnati Enquirer on fen-phen scandal



Last month the Cincinnati Enquirer published a special section laying out what's known about the Kentucky fen-phen scandal in which lawyers covertly pocketed $125 million of a $200 million settlement over the diet drug, leaving $75 million for their clients. We've covered the scandal extensively at this site and at Overlawyered. Somewhat relatedly, it appears that attorney Angela Ford, who has been representing victimized clients in the affair, is going after at least some other lawyers in other parts of the country who worked with the Kentucky lawyers. Forty-nine plaintiffs represented by Ford "allege J. Brent Austin of Lexington, the defunct Mississippi law firm of Langston, Sweet and Freese, and the Alabama firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles bilked them of the money." Beasley Allen says it did not take any improper fees and suggests that if there were any shortfalls in what its clients received, the problem was at the Kentucky lawyers' end.

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