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A Crack of the Bat. A Blow to the Head. Who Pays The Bill?

Oct. 4, 2017, 10:00 PM

Baseball is timeless. Is the Baseball Rule?

The century-old legal doctrine blocks fans from suing a ball club if they get hurt by a foul ball or a shattered bat. The reason: Fans accept the risk of injury at a ballgame because they know batters will occasionally rocket balls into the grandstands.

Fresh off the New York Yankees’ playoff-game win against the Minnesota Twins, a New York appeals court Oct. 3 considered a lawsuit that is testing whether the Baseball Rule–like the Twins’ 2017 season–is now obsolete.

The plaintiff, a lawyer for a private equity fund who was badly injured ...

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