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Episode 34: Kentucky Fen-Phen Attorneys

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American Greed: Season 4, Episode 34
Fen-Phen, the miracle weight loss drug of the '90s, turns out to have a serious side effect. When the story breaks, ambulance-chasing lawyers rush in and exploit the tragedy and pilfer their clients¿ money.

Kentucky Fen-Phen Attorneys

  • Fen-Phen
  • In the mid-90's, millions of Americans looking to lose weight line up for the newest wonder drug…Fen-Phen. But, it's not long before patients realize that this "miracle drug" is no miracle. Scientists link the drug to heart disease and a rare but fatal condition called Primary Pulmonary Hypertension.
  • The Lawsuits
  • Across the country there are thousands of lawsuits seeking damages for people whose health has been ruined by Fen-Phen. In Kentucky, three lawyers decide to join forces to see if they can get in on the action with a suit of their own.
  • The Settlement
  • Lawyers William Gallion, Shirley Cunningham Jr. and Melbourne Mills Jr. sign up 440 patients and represent them in a class action lawsuit. The attorneys negotiate a $200 million settlement. Clients begin to receive checks... but the numbers don't add up.
  • The Scam
  • Patients receive less than their agreed on share. The attorneys are pocketing millions of dollars. Gallion, Cunningham and Mills go on a spending spree… buying sports cars, thoroughbred horses and expensive homes. But their luck is about to run out!

Web Extras

  • Top 10 Class-Action Lawsuits Friday, 16 Apr 2010 | 4:02 PM ET
    There have been numerous high profile class action lawsuits over the years, many involving securities fraud. But other famous class action lawsuits relate to pharmaceutical drugs, credit card abuses, and dangerous or unhealthy products. Here, we present the top 10 class action lawsuits either won, settled, pending, or in terms of damages sought as compiled by LawInfo.com.  (Note: although corporations may be found legally and financially responsible for damages in these types of cases, they are

    Here, we present the top 10 class-action lawsuits in the United States either won, settled or pending, and in terms of damages sought as compiled by LawInfo.com.

  • Kentucky Fen-Phen Attorneys     Friday, 16 Apr 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Three Kentucky attorneys exploit the Fen-Phen tragedy by stealing settlement money from their clients who used the drug.

  • Kentucky Fen Phen Attorneys     Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Voorhees and Reporter Beth Musgrave explain what attracted the Kentucky lawyers to the lawsuit.

  • Fen Phen Settlement     Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Voorhees and reporter Andrew Wolfson explain details of the settlement that were kept from clients.

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