Three Lexington, Ky., attorneys filed into a Kentucky federal courtroom last week to face criminal charges that they stole $46 million in settlement money from clients who won a case alleging injuries from the diet drug fen-phen.

The attorneys on trial, William J. Gallion; Shirley A. Cunningham Jr. ; and Melbourne Mills Jr., allegedly pocketed more than their contractual share of the $200 million that their 440 clients were awarded in a settlement after suing the former pharmaceutical company American Home Products in July 1998, in Boone County, Ky., Circuit Court. Moore v. A.H. Robins, No. 98-795.

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