In Maryland $3.7 million fine upheld in aloe vera case...

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April 11, 2002|By From staff reports

In Maryland

$3.7 million fine upheld in aloe vera case

ANNAPOLIS - The Court of Special Appeals has upheld a $3.7 million fine against a Baltimore company that sold aloe vera and the mineral cesium chloride as cures for AIDS and cancer.

T-Up Inc. and its principals, Allen J. Hoffman and Neal Deoul, were found by an administrative law judge and a Baltimore County Circuit judge to have violated the state's consumer protection laws with false advertising. The fine, originally levied by the administrative law judge, was upheld this week by the state's second highest court.

In November, Hoffman was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $222,506 in restitution for selling drugs that did not have the required approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Ruling backed on changing sex identity on documents

ANNAPOLIS - A Montgomery County judge was correct to prohibit a man who was taking hormone treatments to become a woman from changing his sexual identity on legal documents, the Court of Special Appeals ruled yesterday.

The appellate court agreed with the lower court's position that it had no jurisdiction to make the change for Robert W. Heilig, who argued that he was "transitioning" from male to female. The court noted that Heilig had not undergone sex-change surgery and that he was not raising an issue in which sexual determination was critical.

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