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October 06, 2010

Something only a lawyer would say (II)

Ex-clients sue lawyer over diet drug settlement

A local plaintiff lawyer was so incensed about the lower financial rewards from lawsuits involving a diet drug that he improperly saddled his clients with $23 million in unjustified costs to increase his bottom line, former clients claim in a lawsuit that went to trial Wednesday in state district court.

Ten former clients of George Fleming, each of whom received payments in a mass settlement over the Fen-Phen diet drug with pharmaceutical giant Wyeth in 2006, filed the lawsuit. [...]

An ex-associate at Fleming's law firm testified that Fleming was unhappy that so much effort had netted the lawyers only $41 million in fees after expenses.

"He said he had worked too long and too hard for a lousy $41 million," said Jim Doyle, who left the firm after objecting to Fleming's unusual decision to include non-client expenses among those billed to clients.

Posted by joke du jour at October 6, 2010 07:01 PM

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