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Mar 21, 2013 10:39 AM

Kentucky Court Disbars Class-Action Specialist Stan Chesley

LOUISVILLE (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has disbarred class-action lawsuit specialist Stan Chesley over his actions in a Kentucky diet drug settlement.

The high court's decision on Thursday could affect multiple cases in which the Cincinnati-based Chesley has a hand across the country.

The decision stems from how Chesley acted and his decisions in a $42 million settlement between the makers of fen-phen and a group of people in Kentucky who sued the diet-drug maker.

Chesley is considered in legal circles to be the godfather of the modern class-action lawsuit. More than 30 years ago he won $50 million for victims of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire, a May 1977 blaze that killed 165 and injured 116 in northern Kentucky.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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