Bloomberg Law
Oct. 21, 2019, 3:47 PM

Dick’s Sporting Goods Faces Trial on Claims Athletic Cup Failed

Martina Barash
Martina Barash

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. and athletic cup maker Shock Doctor Inc. must proceed toward trial on most claims by a young man who alleges his left testicle was badly injured in a lacrosse game, a federal court in South Carolina ruled.

Hunter Patenaude’s biomechanics expert provided admissible evidence that the Shock Doctor CORE Bioflex cup showed “extreme deformation upon direct impact” from a similar ball at an average lacrosse speed, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina said. That evidence supports Patenaude’s claims requiring proof of a design defect, the court said.

Patenaude may also proceed to ...