Fen-Phen Lawyers' Fraud Trial Gets Under Way

Law360, New York (May 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Opening arguments began Tuesday in the criminal trial of three lawyers who stand accused of keeping millions of dollars meant for plaintiffs in a class action settlement over the diet drug fen-phen, with the prosecution and the defense reportedly trading barbs over whether the attorneys were entitled to the money.

William Gallion, Melbourne Mills Jr. and Shirley Allen Cunningham Jr. are each charged with one count of wire fraud conspiracy. The trio allegedly ignored mandatory court rules and their contractual fee agreements with clients to pocket...
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