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Dobner suit delayed as synthetic pot maker claims bankruptcy

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Updated: April 4, 2013 6:41AM

WHEATON — A lawsuit involving synthetic marijuana and the death of an Aurora teen will be put on hold as a new legal issue has arisen.

Brandon Seydel is one of two Iowa men accused of making and selling the substance iAroma, which a wrongful death lawsuit blames for the 2011 death of 19-year-old Max Dobner of Aurora.

Seydel recently filed for personal bankruptcy, claiming he has less than $50,000 in debts and assets. The filing triggered a delay in the DuPage County case in which Seydel is named as a defendant.

Karen Dobner, Max’s mother, sued Seydel, Kevin Seydel and the owner of a former cigar shop at Westfield Fox Valley Mall in Aurora after Max bought and smoked iAroma, and then drove his car at a high rate of speed before crashing into a home on Route 31 in North Aurora.

A judge has scheduled a March 28 hearing to determine whether the entire case will be stayed while Brandon Seydel’s bankruptcy case is pending, according to court documents.

The Seydels and Cigar Box owner Ruby Mohsin have denied any wrongdoing.

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