Ephedra MDL Nears End With Score Of Dismissals

Law360 (May 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The multidistrict litigation over diet pill ephedra appears to be nearing the end, with a judge agreeing to dismiss hundreds of product liability suits against Metabolife International Inc. that alleged the company's weight loss supplement caused heart attacks, stroke and even death.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff approved the dismissal of 254 Metabolife cases at a status conference in Manhattan, leaving just one suit left to be arbitrated as the long-standing litigation continues to wind down.

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