A class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of all persons in California who purchased products containing the herb kava kava between March 14, 1998 and December 31, 2005. The class claimed certain entities allegedly manufactured, distributed and sold products containing kava kava or piper methysticum without adequately warning consumers of alleged risks of liver damage. The settling defendants have agreed to make a settlement payment totaling $717,031 and in addition, each of the representative plaintiffs will receive $500 in recognition of the services provided for the class in this lawsuit. (May-10-06)
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