Mont. High Court Finds Bat Maker Liable For Player Death

Law360, New York (July 26, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT) -- Montana's highest court upheld an $850,000 verdict against the maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats Thursday, ruling the company failed to warn a now-deceased player that balls hit off its aluminum bat traveled faster than other balls.

American Legion player Brandon Patch died in 2003 at the age of 18 after he was struck in the head by a ball hit with a Hillerich & Bradsby Co. aluminum bat. His parents, Debbie and Duane Patch, brought claims for manufacturing and design defects and failure to warn...
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