Independent Reporter: A Helena, Montana, jury found a baseball bat manufacturer liable for $850,000 for manufacturing an aluminum baseball bat used by a batter who hit a pitched baseball that struck and killed an 18 year old pitcher. The defendant is the maker of the Louisville Slugger bat weapon used by the batter.
“We just want to save someone else’s life,” Debbie Patch explained, adding she hopes other players and parents now will get adequate warning about the dangers she perceives with aluminum bats.
There is no truth to the rumor that the plaintiff’s bar will next go after the manufacturers of wooden pencils because these writing instruments inherently dangerous weapons might be used to stab and kill an unsuspecting and unarmed elementary school student.
See my earlier post on this lawsuit.