Two Amarillo lawyers embroiled in a messy fight with former clients in a toxic tort case may have to fork over at least part of $9 million in fees if an appeals court ruling stands.

Some 143 former clients allege they suffered mental anguish because Wayne Barfield and Thomas Upchurch Jr. dreamed up an environmental exposure suit with no medical evidence and used them as pawns to earn a fee from a $27 million settlement.

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