Excerpt: "A jury in Colorado has found that Riddell, the country’s largest helmet manufacturer, was at fault for failure to adequately warn players wearing their football helmets about the dangers of potential concussions.
The company was ordered to pay several million dollars in damages to a 22-year old man who was injured in 2008 while playing high school football.
The award, which came from the jury in Las Animas County District Court in Trinidad, Colo., early Saturday morning, is a rare victory for those injured while wearing football helmets. It could provide a prelude to a parallel case brought by N.F.L. retirees, who have also sued the company.
According to the verdict, Riddell is responsible for $3.1 million, or 27 percent of $11.5 million in damages that were awarded to Rhett Ridolfi, who sustained a head injury and was paralyzed on the left side of his body during a football drill in 2008.
Several of Ridolfi’s coaches were also found to be negligent, but will not have to pay damages.
The jury, however, rejected claims related to claims that there were design defects in Riddell’s helmet." Read more...