Court Rules that Youth Football League’s Claim Against Helmet Manufacturer Can Continue

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A federal judge has extended the life of a claim brought by a youth football league, which alleged that a helmet manufacturer violated when it allegedly made knowingly false claims about the ability of its helmets to lessen the risk of concussion.

Specifically, the district judge denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss, finding among other things that the plaintiff’s allegations cross the plausibility threshold for causation, reliance, and cognizable injury.

The defendant sells its helmets at a market price reflective of its claim that they reduce the incidence of concussion in comparison with its own, earlier helmet designs and competitor helmets.

Approximately 150 youth participate in the youth football league every year. It supplies the helmets for these participants.

As mentioned above, the league alleged that the defendant’s marketing claims were knowingly false.

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