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Riddell Helmet Concussion Case Dodges Dismissal

June 22, 2016, 8:08 PM

A would-be class action against Riddell Inc. may proceed with its allegedly misleading football helmet safety claims, the Southern District of West Virginia ruled June 17 (Midwestern Midget Football Club Inc. v. Riddell Inc., 2016 BL 194343, S.D. W.Va., 15-cv-00244, 6/17/16).

Midwestern Midget Football Club Inc. adequately alleged that Riddell’s ads—based on a 2006 study of the concussion-fighting qualities of its Revolution helmets—misled buyers of youth helmets, which hadn’t been included in the study, the court said.

The amended complaint plausibly supported the club’s state law claims that it and other youth helmet consumers paid a premium ...