Ephedra: Young Stroke Victim Sues For $2.5 Million
Stroke Came One Month After Supplement UseJan 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.