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January 29, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. District Court judge has ordered the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of former Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler transferred to New Jersey, where it can be consolidated with 52 other claims against an ephedra-product-making company in bankruptcy proceedings. Wheeler, a 22-year-old La Verne Damien High graduate who was a senior safety for the Wildcats, died Aug. 3, 2001, after collapsing on a practice field during an intense set of wind sprints.
February 3, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A judge in Illinois Monday severed the involvement of a company that makes ephedra products in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Rashidi Wheeler's family against Northwestern University, a move that would keep the possible trial in Chicago and override a previous federal order to move the case to court proceedings in New Jersey.
October 20, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The family of late Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler has agreed to a financial settlement with three makers and distributors of the ephedra-containing products the player ingested in the hours before he collapsed and died on the practice field in 2001. Court documents show that Wheeler's family agreed to accept $75,000 -- equal payments of $25,000 from GNC, Phoenix Laboratories and Nutraquest Inc.
March 26, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Linda Will, the mother of the late Northwestern University football player Rashidi Wheeler, has reunited for a second time with Chicago-based attorneys Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. and James Montgomery, less than two weeks after she fired the high-profile legal team from her wrongful-death lawsuit against the university. A secretary in Montgomery's office said Thursday that the attorney had only a two-sentence reaction to the development: "Yes, she has returned. No further comment."
January 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday fined the marketers of four weight-loss pills $25 million for making false advertising claims including rapid weight loss and cancer prevention. FTC Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras said that the products would remain on store shelves, but that the companies would have to stop making the false claims. "What we challenge is the marketing of the claims," she said.
December 3, 2003 | From Associated Press
With Mike Lowell and Luis Castillo re-signed, the Florida Marlins turned their attention to Ivan Rodriguez. Lowell agreed Tuesday to a $32-million, four-year contract with the Marlins, who also confirmed their $16-million, three-year deal with Castillo. Pushing ahead with the team's off-season business, General Manager Larry Beinfest said Florida had made a multiyear offer to Rodriguez, the 10-time All-Star catcher who was a key to the Marlins' World Series title.
March 11, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The mother of the late Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler is considering a settlement with an ephedra product maker after a federal judge grouped the family's wrongful death lawsuit against the university with more than 50 other suits in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey. Northwestern has named New Jersey-based Nutraquest Inc.
March 17, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The mother of Rashidi Wheeler has fired her Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.-led legal team, drawing sharp criticism from the attorney for Wheeler's father and complicating the family's wrongful-death lawsuit against Northwestern University. The suit recently was moved from Illinois to federal bankruptcy court in New Jersey. "I'm hands-on, you know that," Linda Will said Tuesday.
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