Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 18, 2013, 3:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- Prominent plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley, who was disbarred in Kentucky in March, has been suspended by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 10-page order list released Monday, the nation's high court suspended Chesley from practicing law before it for 40 days.

During that time, Chesley will be required to show cause why he should not be disbarred, the court said.

Following his disbarment by the Kentucky Supreme Court, Chesley retired from practice in Ohio in April.

The state's "Master of Disaster" also stepped down from his position on the University of Cincinnati's Board of Trustees -- at the behest of his fellow trustees.

Chesley maintained he was not co-counsel for the plaintiffs in a controversial class action lawsuit over the diet drug fen-phen. He also said he was not aware that other attorneys were deceiving their clients. He argued he was simply brought in to negotiate the 2001 settlement.

Earlier this month, he was appointed to the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.

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