American Greed Episode 34: Kentucky Fen-Phen Attorneys

Case File

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!

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  • Kentucky Fen-Phen Attorneys

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

  • Kentucky Fen Phen Attorneys

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

  • Fen Phen Settlement

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