Personal Injury Lawyer Jacksonville Deal with Interesting Lawsuits

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Personal Injury Lawyer Jacksonville Deal with Interesting Lawsuits

Personal injury lawyer Jacksonville possess the ability to handle an array of cases. A case such as the one below is similar to what can be handled.

Riddell Helmet ‘riddled’ with lawsuits

An interesting topic has popped up as I have two boys in baseball and football -helmets.  I question all the time –  “Are they adequately protected?  Am I harming them?”  Consequently, to see these two articles pop up on my search terms was surprising and somewhat alarming.  

 

Class Action

Personal injury lawyer Jacksonville abettors are willing to service class action lawsuits. There is a ongoing  “would-be class action” against Riddell right now.  Recently, the “would-be class action” against Riddell, Inc. was decided by the Southern District of West Virginia which was ruled on June 17 ( Midwestern Midget Football Club, Inc. v. Riddell, Inc., 2016 BL 194343, S.D. W.Va., No. 15-cv-00244, 6/17/16 )  to proceed on the basis of allegations of misleading football helmet safety claims by the Midwestern Midget Football Club, Inc. on the adequacy of adequately of Riddell’s ads—based on a 2006 study of the concussion-fighting qualities of its Revolution helmets—misled buyers of youth helmets, which had not been included in the study, the court said. According to the court, the amended complaint brought forth plausible allegations that the state club and other youth helmet consumers paid a premium based on Riddell’s marketing that those helmets reduced concussion risks by as much as 31 percent. The alleged misrepresentations were based on a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center study criticized by Midwestern in its amended complaint. That report, which found Revolution helmets were better than traditional helmets at reducing concussions, was a “statistically unsound study paid for by Riddell and co-authored by a Riddell employee,” Midwestern alleges. Unjust enrichment claims against Riddell also survived Riddell’s  Motion to Dismiss.  Midwestern plausibly alleged the company “knowingly collected a market premium for its youth helmets thanks to its misleading marketing claims,” the court said.

 

Riddell doesn’t only have class action complaints against them, they also have individual complaints filed against them.  Recently, they had a famous football played file a lawsuit against them. 

 

Individual lawsuits

 

Personal injury lawyer Jacksonville representatives are able to assist whether the lawsuit is class action or individual. Pro Football Hall of Fame and former Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung sued equipment manufacturer Riddell, Inc, saying football helmets that he wore during his professional career in the 1950 and 1960s failed to protect him from brain injury. Attorneys for the 80-year-old Hornung filed the civil lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, naming the Rosemont, Illinois based company as the defendant. It seeks unspecified damages. Hornung suffered multiple concussions as a running back for the Green Bay Packers and has been diagnosed with dementia, the lawsuit says. It said that the neuro-degenerative disease has been linked to repetitive head trauma.  

 

Concussion lawsuits from athletes have become more common in recent years amid growing awareness about the long-term consequences of repeated blows to the head and Riddell is also fighting litigation elsewhere. But suits from athletes whose playing days were as far back as the 1950s are rare. Riddell began producing helmets out of plastic in 1939, touting them as safer alternatives to ones — more common at the time — fashioned from leather, according to the eight-page filing. Hornung, it says, wore a leather helmet when he played for Notre Dame in college but switched to the Riddell-made plastic helmets in the NFL. Erin Griffin, a spokeswoman for Riddell, declined comment in an email, saying, “It’s our policy not to comment on pending litigation.”

 

Hornung won the Heisman in 1956 while at Notre Dame, where he played quarterback. The Packers selected him as the No. 1 overall draft pick a year later. He was the NFL MVP in 1962 and he played on four championship teams (1961, ’62, ’65 and ’66).  One of Hornung’s lawyers said Riddell knew enough about the perils of concussions more than five decades ago to warn players.  Studies dating back to the 19th century linked head trauma to permanent brain damage, but Riddell failed to communicate the danger to Mr. Hornung,” the attorney, William T. Gibbs, said in a written statement.  Hornung’s wife, Angela Hornung, is also named as a plaintiff in the suit, which says she “suffered and will continue to suffer” the loss of her husband’s affection and companionship as a result of his injuries.  

 

Riddell has successfully fought some litigation. A Los Angeles jury in 2014 found that Riddell wasn’t liable for the severe brain injury of a high school football player who suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit during a game.  Riddell, which provides helmets to every level of football — from the pros to Pop Warner — has said publicly previously that it has devoted enormous resources to developing equipment that can reduce the risk of a devastating head injury

 

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/ct-nfl-paul-hornung-riddell-lawsuit-20160707-story.html http://www.bna.com/riddell-helmet-concussion-n57982075786/

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