Ex-Ky. Judge Disbarred Over $126M Fen-Phen Fees

Law360, New York (October 28, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of Kentucky permanently disbarred former Judge Joseph F. Bamberger Thursday for approving a scam to charge excessive attorneys' fees in a $200 million settlement with American Home Products Corp. over the diet drug fen-phen.

For his role in awarding more than 63 percent of a major settlement to class counsel, the six judges hearing the case unanimously voted to disbar Bamberger in “light of the highly egregious nature of his ethical violations,” the opinion said. “Respondent's conduct shocks the court's conscience.”

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