Lincoln Couple Sues Ephedra Company Over Son's DeathMay 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.