updated 2/4/2011 11:15:25 PM ET 2011-02-05T04:15:25

SEATTLE, Feb. 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Attorney Advertising. Keller Rohrback L.L.P. ( www.krclassaction.com ) announces that it is investigating possible claims against football helmet manufacturers Riddell, Schutt Sports, and Xenith LLC, among others, for alleged misleading safety claims and deceptive practices related to the sale of new and reconditioned football helmets.

The investigation focuses on advertising claims about the safety and performance of football helmets in terms of reducing the risk of concussion, especially in children's helmets. The investigation also concerns helmet reconditioning companies which may be falsely representing that used helmets meet safety standards. Recently, United States Senator Tom Udall requested that the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") investigate these alleged deceptive practices. In response to the "serious concerns" raised by Senator Udall, the FTC is reportedly investigating the helmet manufacturers' marketing claims.

The football helmets that are reportedly being reviewed include, among others, Riddell Revolution helmets, which are described on Riddell's website as showing a "31% reduction in the risk of concussion . . . when compared to traditional helmets." According to Senator Udall's letter to the FTC, "there is actually very little scientific evidence to support the claim that Riddell's Revolution helmets reduce the risk of concussion by 31 percent." 

Additionally, Mike Oliver, executive director of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) recently issued a warning to athletes and parents of athletes, advising: "[C]laims or representations that a particular helmet is anti-concussive or concussion-proof, without scientific support, can be misleading and dangerous."

If you have information regarding the alleged misleading and deceptive practices utilized by Riddell, Schutt Sports, Xenith LLC, or other football helmet manufacturers or distributors, or would like more information regarding our investigation, please contact attorneys Havila Unrein or Gretchen Cappio, or paralegal Melanie Pugh, for additional information at 1-800-776-6044, or via e-mail at consumer@kellerrohrback.com.

Keller Rohrback, with offices in Seattle, Phoenix, New York, and Santa Barbara, has successfully pursued claims against product manufacturers and distributors, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device makers on behalf of our injured clients. We are committed to helping victims of anti-consumer practices, and have achieved multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of nationwide classes of consumers.

Attorney Advertising. Prior Results Do Not Guarantee A Similar Outcome.

CONTACT: Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
         Melanie Pugh, Paralegal
         (800) 776-6044

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