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 DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems

SYMPOSIUM: PAIN IN THE HEAD: THE OFFICIAL HELMET COMPANY OF THE NFL'S POTENTIAL LIABILITY IN THE CONCUSSION LAWSUITS

DEPAUL SPORTS LAW SYMPOSIUM

MARCH 8, 2013

Symposium, Spring, 2013

DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems

9 DePaul J. Sports L. Contemp. Probs. 107

Author

Darren A. Heitner * and Allen Kronenberger (Research Assistant) **

Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

As of the publication of this Note, many readers will be well aware of the existence of concussion litigation currently pending across the United States of America, but most may have only focused or known about said litigation against the National Football League ("NFL")filed by the former NFL players and their spouses as plaintiffs. However, many of those same players have also filed suit against Riddell, the official helmet manufacturer of the NFL. The purpose of this Note is to shed light on the pending litigation against Riddell, which will naturally include discussion about the claims made against the NFL, because these two defendants have been joined together in multi-district litigation.

I. RIDDELL'S PATH TO MULTI-DISTRICT LITIGATION

The litigation against Riddell has previously been combined into the multi-district litigation ("MDL") case, in re National Football League Players' Concussion Injury Litigation. 1 The purpose of MDL is for the judiciary to combine cases that have various similarities in order to speed up the pre-trial process, including the typically time-consuming discovery period. Over two hundred (200) cases with more than four thousand (4,000) plaintiffs have been combined into the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 2 The number of plaintiffs equates to over one-third of former players that have ever participated in the NFL. 3 Further, not only former players involved in the litigation; many spouses have joined based on a claim for damages as a result of the suffering that their spouses have endured throughout ...
 
 
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