'Baseball Rule' Spikes Minor League Foul Ball Injury Suit

Law360 (January 4, 2021, 7:32 PM EST) -- The minor league baseball team featured in the Kevin Costner film "Bull Durham" has escaped a suit lodged by a fan hit by a foul ball during a 2015 game after a North Carolina appeals court ruled that the common law "baseball rule" bars the suit.

In a published opinion, a three-judge Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 31 ruled that the so-called baseball rule, which provides a liability shield to teams over spectator injuries so long as they provide a certain amount of protected seating, effectively bars the suit filed by Angelina DeBlasio, who was hit in the face by...

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