On December 9, 2014, Chimicles & Tikellis filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of purchasers of Cascade Model R lacrosse helmets. Despite being marketed and advertised as impact-resistant and compliant with the applicable minimum safety standards of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), a requirement for all levels of organized lacrosse play, the Cascade Model R lacrosse helmets sold to the public do not meet these minimum standards. On November 24, 2014, NOCSAE announced that after conducting its own investigation and independent laboratory testing, it determined that the Cascade Model R helmets being sold to the public did not pass the applicable minimum safety standards. Accordingly, NOCSAE declared the Model R’s NOCSAE certification void. Subsequent to NOCSAE’s decision to declare the NOCSAE certification of the Model R helmets void, United States Lacrosse (“USL”), the governing body of lacrosse in the United States, warned coaches, parents, and players not to use the Cascade Model R helmets or allow them to be worn in games. USL further alerted tournament officials to remove any player wearing a Cascade Model R helmet.
If you or someone you know has purchased a Cascade Model R lacrosse helmet and have been affected by the revocation of the Cascade Model R lacrosse helmet’s NOCSAE certification, please use the “Email us about this Case” form to contact us.