Football-Helmet Maker Welcomes End of Lawsuit Over Safety Claimsby
Xenith CEO says no settlement reached in advertising dispute
Schutt said it dropped case in anticipation of settlement
Xenith Inc. said it welcomed the decision by competing football-helmet maker Schutt Sports Inc. to drop its lawsuit over advertisements touting the safety of Xenith’s products.
Schutt sued Detroit-based Xenith Wednesday claiming it misused results of tests commissioned by the National Football League and the NFL Players Association to hype its Epic-model helmet as the safest. Friday, the case was dropped in anticipation of a settlement, Schutt Chief Executive Officer Robert Erb said.
“There was no settlement,” Xenith CEO Joe Esposito said in a statement late Friday. “The lawsuit was never officially served to us but we are glad this matter is behind us and we look forward to a great weekend of football.”
The case is Kranos I.P. Corp. v. Xenith LLC, 16-cv-00837, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).