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Stringer’s Family Wins Important Court Ruling

The Pioneer Press reports that late Viking Korey Stringer’s family has won an important court ruling against equipment maker Riddell:

The family of former Vikings Pro Bowl offensive tackle Korey Stringer won an important victory in federal district court Friday against equipment manufacturer Riddell. A federal district judge in Columbus, Ohio, said Riddell Inc. had a “duty to warn” Stringer that its helmets and shoulder pads could contribute to heatstroke when worn on hot days. Stringer, who had a track record of heat-related illnesses, collapsed and died eight years ago after a Vikings training camp practice.

“It’s a historic decision that could change how an entire industry works,” said attorney Paul DeMarco, who works on behalf of the Stringer family. Kelci Stringer, Korey Stringer’s widow, “has always wanted Korey’s legacy to be to protect other athletes, from Pop Warner to the NFL. This goes a long way to ensure what happened to Korey doesn’t happen to someone else.” A trial is set to start Nov. 2, and the jury will determine whether Riddell is culpable for not warning Stringer.

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