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New Jersey foul balls

According to columnist Bob Ingle of the Courier-Post in South Jersey, help may be on the way for the assumption-of-risk principle in the Garden State:

The state Supreme Court ruled people can sue for injuries caused by foul balls at baseball games. Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan Jr., D-South Plainfield, is introducing a bill based on a 1993 Colorado law to stop that stupidity.

It stipulates that baseball game spectators are presumed to have knowledge that there are inherent risks, like getting hit by foul balls.

Owners of stadiums where professional baseball is played would be required to post a notice telling spectators they're assuming the risk. That's fair. Only trial lawyers could object.

Our earlier coverage of the foul-ball ruling is here and here.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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