Riddell Revolution Football Helmets
March 2015: Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint alleging that Riddell deceptively markets its football helmets as containing “Concussion Reduction Technology” that can reduce the incidence of concussion (when compared to other modern football helmets) when, in reality, such claims are false. (In Re Riddell Concussion Reduction Litigation, Case No. 13-cv-7585, D. NJ.)
January 2015: After being consolidated with another case (Aronson et al v. Riddell Inc. et al), a federal judge dismissed the complaint because it did not specify a number of things, including where the allegedly misleading statements appeared and what was false about the alleged misrepresentations. The judge dismissed the complaint without prejudice, meaning that the plaintiffs can refile the complaint.
December 2013: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Riddell, Inc. for allegedly falsely marketing its Revolution Helmets. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the company promises its helmet will reduce the risk of concussion by 31% (when compared to traditional helmets) and provide more protection for young athletes without scientific evidence to support such claims. (Thiel et al v. Riddell, Inc. All American Sports Corporation d/b/a Riddell/All American; Riddell Sports Group; Easton-Bell Sports, LLC; EB Sports Corporation; and RBG Holdings Corporation, Case No. 13-cv-07585, D. NJ.).
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When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled.