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Ephedra: Young Stroke Victim Sues For $2.5 Million

Stroke Came One Month After Supplement Use

Jan 13, 2004 | AP

Hours after the federal government announced it would ban ephedra, an Aloha man filed a lawsuit, seeking more than $2.5 million in damages.
Damon Violette filed the suit against the maker and marketer of a dietary and body building supplement that includes the substance.

The 35-year-old says he had a stroke in 2002 after taking the supplement for about a month.

His suit accuses Metabolife International and the Chemins Company of ignoring health problems.

The lawsuit also names Bally Total Fitness. That's where Violette bought the body-building supplement that includes ephedra.

Spokespeople for each company declined to comment because they hadn't seen a copy of it.

Ephedra has been linked to 155 deaths, including that of Steve Bechler, a Baltimore Orioles pitcher and Oregon native.

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