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Family Wins $1M US In Ephedrine Lawsuit

Feb 22, 2003 | AP

A jury awarded more than $1 million US to a family whose son died after taking a supplement that contained the stimulant ephedrine.

In 1999, 24-year-old Charles Bryant Scurlock II took the energy-booster Ripped Fuel and collapsed while taking an Army National Guard physical fitness test. He died a few hours later.

Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler died last Monday, a day after he was unable to complete a workout. Xenadrine, which contains ephedrine, was found in his locker.

Mike Grimes, the lawyer for Scurlock's parents, Charles and Cora Scurlock, told the Austin American-Statesman that the jury decided that Ripped Fuel's design formulation including a combination of caffeine and ephedrine was unreasonably dangerous.

"It's a good verdict. I wish we could have hit them harder. But the finding of danger was really what the Scurlocks wanted to accomplish," Grimes told the newspaper.

The jury lowered the initial award of $2,014,000 on Friday.

Twinlab Corp. of Hauppauge, N.Y., will appeal the decision, said lawyer Joe Thomas, who represented the company during the three-week trial.

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