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$1M baseball bat verdict overturned in Oklahoma

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A federal judge in Oklahoma held that the trial failed to demonstrate that the Louisville Slugger in question was any more dangerous than any other baseball bat, and the jury verdict could not stand. The fact that Oklahoma caps noneconomic damages surely made a difference here: without the threat of jackpot justice, the defendant could defend itself without fear of disproportionate liability. In contrast, a New Jersey case against the same defendant resulted in a multi-million-dollar settlement divorced from any showing of culpability. [Fisher via @overlawyered]

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