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Feb 20, 2013 12:15 PM

Lawyer Connected To Diet Drug Case Indicted

(AP) - A lawyer connected with a long-running diet drug case that ended the careers of three attorneys has been charged with conspiring to distribute synthetic marijuana.

The Courier-Journal reports 32-year-old Lexington lawyer Seth J. Johnston was indicted earlier this month.

Johnston was hired to help collect a multi-million judgment from attorneys Shirley Cunningham Jr., William Gallion and Melbourne Mills Jr. The three were ordered to pay former clients who had sued over injuries from the diet drug fen-phen.

Meanwhile, a civil lawsuit accuses Johnston of taking money from lawyer Angela Ford, who won the judgment against the three attorneys.

Johnston's attorney, Bernard Pafunda, declined to comment on the allegations.

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

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