Evidence that a football helmet company had chosen to use up old, potentially unsafe foam pads ina helmet in which a high school player was permanently brain-damaged helped produce a $14.26million jury verdict.

Nearly four years after Jose “Joe” Rodriguez, of Brownsville, Texas, suffered irreversible braindamage making a routine tackle in August 1995, a federal jury found that Riddell Sports Inc. hadacted with reckless indifference. Rodriguez v. Riddell Sports Inc., No. B-96-177.

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