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Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry, center, models a football helmet as Bill Peake, a representative with Riddell, discusses the proper way to size a helmet during the Atlanta Falcons first ever Mom's Football Safety Clinic at King's Ridge Christian School Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Alpharetta, Ga. The clinic was designed for moms who have a son/daughter playing youth football or who are thinking about playing.

Jason Getz, Associated Press

LA jury: Helmet maker not liable for player injury

  • Associated Press
  • March 20, 2014 - 10:32 PM

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury has decided helmet maker Riddell Inc. isn't liable for the severe brain injury of a high school football player who suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit during a game.

The Los Angeles Times reports the jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes before deciding that the Riddell Revolution helmet he was wearing could not have been expected to prevent Edward Acuna's injury. He was left partially paralyzed and brain damaged.

Acuna was 17 when was hit on the field while playing for Garey High in Pomona four years ago.

His attorneys argued that the technology exists to make better helmets that might have helped him.

Illinois-based Riddell is also being sued by four NFL players who claim the company helped the league hide information about brain injuries.

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