The Kentucky Supreme Court, in the latest chapter in a case that has roots in Boone County Circuit Court, took the action in written rulings released on Thursday afternoon.
In an order signed by Deputy Chief Justice Will T. Scott, justices said they found probable cause to believe that the attorneys had diverted funds to their own use.
Linda Gosnell, chief counsel for the Kentucky Bar Association, had argued before the Supreme Court last week that the attorneys – William Gallion, Shirley Cunningham Jr. and Melbourne Mills – improperly took more than their share of the settlement.
The lawyers, all from Lexington, represented hundreds of clients in a lawsuit over the diet drug.
“Their conduct was drastic,” Gosnell told the court. “This is a case of absolute, unbridled greed.”
The Kentucky Bar Association’s Inquiry Commission had recommended the temporary suspensions.
Supreme Court Justice Joseph Lambert recused himself from hearing the case.