Federal Judge Severs Claims Against Riddell in NFL Concussion Litigation

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody severed claims against helmet company, Riddell Inc., from those pursued against the NFL in relation to a suit brought by players who have sustained traumatic head injuries during their careers.

A settlement between the NFL and the players was reached back in April, however, this settlement did not include the Riddell defendants. The court addressed the Riddell defendants on Tuesday, when it granted the helmet company’s motion for severance.

In granting Riddell’s motion for …

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Federal Court in Pennsylvania Allows High School Football Traumatic Brain Injury Case to Continue

A traumatic brain injury sustained by a grown adult while accepting the monetary rewards of professional football is one thing.  A traumatic brain injury sustained by a public high school football player while under the watch of grown adults is another, and may constitute a federal constitutional claim for “injury as a result of a state created danger,” as demonstrated by the decision issued last week by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Mann v. Palmerton Area School Dist. et

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A New Potential Area of Liability Exposure to Equipment Manufacturers

Two more tragic deaths from brain injuries on the football field were reported in recent weeks. On November 11, Hopi (Arizona) High School football player Charles Youvella died from a traumatic brain injury suffered in a game the previous weekend. On November 14, Tipton (Missouri) High School football player Chad Stover died from a traumatic brain injury suffered in a game that took place two weeks earlier. The details of these two events, and any related legal issues, are unclear at this point. …

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