Student Hires Illinois Product Liability Lawyers to Sue BALCO Chemist for Damaging Side Effects of Steroid

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Patrick Arnold Indicted in the BALCO (Bay Area Laboratories Cooperative) Scandal Named Along with Proviant Technologies President Ramlakhan Boodra

Christopher Roney Jr., a University of Illinois student, has hired Illinois product liability lawyers Power, Rogers & Smith to represent him in a case against Chemist Patrick Arnold and Proviant Technologies, the firm that housed his laboratories. Roney purchased 1-AD, a synthetic version of the steroid Androgen. Arnold is credited with inventing 1-AD and Roney has suffered damaging side effects of steroid use.

"Christopher Roney Jr. purchased 1-AD on the internet two years ago, the product label did not indicate the serious side effects steroid use." explained Todd Smith, partner at Power, Rogers and Smith Chicago product liability lawyers. "The FDA sent warning letters to the manufacturers of this synthetic steroid two years ago, and they banned the substance over one year ago. If a product such as a synthetic steroid has damaging side effects the company has a responsibility to inform purchasers."

When Roney Jr. purchased the products, they were advertised as natural occurring supplements that came from Scottish pine trees. After taking the product, Roney has suffered from endocrine imbalance and testosterone deficiency. He suffers from feelings of despair, lack of energy and had lost over 45 pounds. "Other people are at risk, and I have come forward due to a concern for others who may be in danger." said Roney Jr. "Taking this product has caused serious problems. I never would have taken them if I had any idea something like this would happen."

"If there is a substantial risk of harm to people, we should put a spotlight on it, explained Chicago product liability lawyer Todd Smith, "The law is you have to make a product reasonably safe and fully inform the consumer about any risk. It was clear the manufacturer was not policing themselves and not informing the public of risks."

The case, #06L25, was filed in the Circuit Court for the 6th Judicial Circuit of Illinois, Champaign County.

About Power, Rogers & Smith:

Illinois product liability lawyers Power, Rogers & Smith have been fighting and winning the hard fight for more than a quarter of a century. Armed with the top Chicago product liability lawyers, Power, Rogers & Smith has recovered over $260 million on behalf of their clients in the past two years alone. The firm has recently been hired to represent Christopher Roney Jr. in a lawsuit on the side effects of steroid 1-AD, developed by Patrick Arnold and manufactured by Proviant Technologies. For more information, visit

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