Firm Faces Trial Over Fen-Phen Settlement

Law360, New York (March 28, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A trial will determine whether a law firm misrepresented an estimated $1 billion settlement to more than 5,000 clients so that it could get a bigger slice of the financial pot, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled Tuesday.

Law firm Napoli Bern Ripka LLP negotiated a settlement with American Home Products in 2001 after suing the health company on behalf of users of fen-phen diet drugs, which were recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because of heart failure concerns.

The suit was brought...
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