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Football Helmet Makers Hit By Concussion Litigation

Jan. 31, 2017, 6:10 PM

Football helmet manufacturers are playing defense in concussion and other head injury cases brought by professional and amateur athletes who say their gear didn’t deliver on injury protection promises.

Sporting goods companies have had success in defending football helmet design defect claims so far. But some claims lodged against major helmet maker Riddell Inc. may prove troublesome to the industry and potentially very costly to the company, sports lawyers tell Bloomberg BNA.

The litigation now includes misrepresentation claims, which some attorneys predict could spread to other manufacturers.

Riddell, based in Elyria, Ohio, describes itself as “the leading manufacturer of football ...