Diet Drug Lawsuit

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Attorneys involved with a huge diet drug settlement are asking a federal judge to freeze all payouts.

They claim there's been a mass filing of "medically unreasonable" claims. They fear those claims could drain a fund that has been set up to pay people who've genuinely been harmed by taking the once popular fen-phen diet pills.

About six million people took the drugs before they were pulled from the market in 1997 amid evidence they caused heart damage in some patients.

Attorneys want the payments stopped until the judge revamps the claims process. They want all claims to be audited and then evaluated by certified cardiologists.

Last week, a federal judge halted payments of fen-phen money to people represented by two New York law firms. The firms are suspected of running a production line that resulted in hundreds of overstated claims.