WKU Public Radio News Staff
Diet Drug Settlement Case
Tue May 1, 2012
Appeals Court Rules Against Fen-Phen Attorneys
A Federal Appeals court has upheld the convictions of two former attorneys serving time for scamming clients out of more than $94 million from a $200 million settlement over the diet drug known as fen-phen. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that a trial judge did not err in the case of 61 year old William Gallion and 57 year old Shirley Cunningham, Jr.
The defendants had argued that errors in the case had denied them a fair trial. In 2009, Gallion and Cunningham were convicted of scamming more than 400 clients out of millions of dollars they had won against American Home Products, which is now known as Wyeth. Fen-phen was pulled from the market in 1997, after some users had heart problems related to the drug.
Gallion and Cunningham were prominent attorneys in Lexington, Kentucky before their convictions.