Kenneth B. Moll & Associates, Ltd., Announces That Recent Illinois Legislation Brings it One Step Closer to Reaching its Goal - Press Release - May 27, 2003

Kenneth B. Moll & Associates, Ltd., Announces That Recent Illinois Legislation Brings it One Step Closer to Reaching its Goal
Press Release
May 27, 2003

CHICAGO (May 27, 2003) - Kenneth B. Moll & Associates, Ltd. filed a nationwide class action lawsuit on May 12, 2003, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Metabolife and many other manufacturers of ephedra-containing dietary products. Only fifteen days later, the firm is one step closer to reaching its primary goal of banning the manufacture and sale of ephedra-containing products nationwide.

On May 25, 2003, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich signed legislation that makes Illinois the first state in the nation to ban the sale of ephedra, a dietary supplement that has been linked to catastrophic complications such as sudden cardiac death, strokes and seizures.

Governor Blagojevich shares the same dedication as Kenneth B. Moll & Associates, Ltd. to ban ephedra-containing products nationwide and recently commented that "with enough commitment, this ban can sweep through state legislatures across America and sweep this product right off the shelf."

The legislation goes into effect immediately, making it a misdemeanor to sell ephedra supplements in the state and punishable by up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Repeat offenders could face up to five years in jail and a $20,000 fine.

Several organizations have already banned ephedra such as the NCAA, the Olympic Committee and the NFL. On May 2, 2003, General Nutrition Center (GNC),the nation's largest retailer of nutritional supplements, announced that it will discontinue the sale of all ephedra-containing products by the end of June, 2003. Suffolk County, in New York, was the first County that banned ephedra.

Kenneth B. Moll believes that "the signing of the Illinois legislation banning ephedra-containing products brings us one step closer to our goal of banning ephedra-containing products nationwide."