February 8, 2001 - First Ephedrine case results in $13.3 Million Award
An Alaska woman who took a weight-loss product containing ephedrine was awarded $13.3 million by the Superior Court jury in Anchorage.
E'Ola International, the maker of the controversial drug Amp II Pro, was hit with $12 million in punitive damages and $1.3 million in compensatory damages. The jury found E'Ola liable for creating an unsafe product, misrepresenting it as "all natural" when in fact it contained synthetic ephedrine in addition to herbal ephedra, and for being negligent in failing to make changes in the product despite warnings from state and federal authorities about the product's serious side effects including stroke.
This award topped any known out-of-court settlement paid in an ephedra or ephedrine case and marked the first time that safety of ephedrine alkaloids has been argued in open trial.
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