A federal jury in Frankfort, Ky., convicted Thoroughbred owners William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham April 3 of scamming their clients out of nearly $95 million in a diet-drug settlement.
A Kentucky judge rejected Jess Jackson's $4 million bid to acquire a 20% interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin. Jackson is the majority owner of the 4-year-old champion.
Churchill Downs has filed a lawsuit against Midnight Cry Stable's co-owners, saying it wants a court to decide who should get purse money earned by their runners.
One of the owners of likely Horse of the Year Curlin claims the recent order handed down by a Kentucky judge only affects the minority interest of embattled attorneys William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr.
The ongoing saga of Curlin continued in a courtroom in Kentucky Nov. 1 when a judge ruled the 20% interest in the colt owned by the two original owners would be turned over to the more than 400 persons involved in a lawsuit over the diet drug fen-phen.
William J. Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr., the suspended lawyers and 20% owners of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Curlin, along with suspended attorney Melbourne Mills Jr. pled not guilty June 21 in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud against more than 400 plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the diet drug fen-phen.
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