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Lincoln Couple Sues Ephedra Company Over Son's Death

May 29, 2003 | AP

A Lincoln couple is suing a company that makes pills containing ephedra the drug blamed in the death of their 16-year-old son.

Kevin Riggins says the lawsuit is an effort to penalize the manufacturer financially and to maintain awareness of the dangers of ephedra. Riggins' son, Sean, had a fatal heart attack last September after taking an over-the-counter product called Yellowjackets that contains the herbal supplement.

Riggins and his wife filed their civil lawsuit in Logan County today just four days after Governor Rod Blagojevich signed a statewide ephedra ban.

The lawsuit accuses New Jersey-based N-V-E Pharmaceuticals of knowing the dangers of ephedra and failing to warn consumers.

Also named in the lawsuit is Quincy-based Illinois Ayers Oil Company, which owns the convenience store that sold Kevin Riggins the Yellowjackets.

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