Torts Gone Wild: Liability for the “Increased Exit Speed” of Aluminum Baseball Bats

The downside to the fact that aluminum bats work better than wood bats is, apparently, a dozen million dollars or so in damages, if you are the bat manufacturer. The maker of Louisville Sluggers has had a run of bad days in court, paying $850,000 to a boy who was killed by a ball hit by one of its aluminum bats, and settling for $14.5 million with one who was injured.

Now, Louisville Slugger caught a break. On post-trial motions, the court overturned a $951,000 jury verdict, finding that “Fewer players would be injured if Little Leaguers used foam-rubber bats, but it doesn’t reasonably follow that manufacturers of wooden bats would then be liable for imparting “increased exit speed” to the ball.”

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