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    Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    The Associated Press: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    A jury on Wednesday found that the maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats failed to adequately warn about the dangers the product can pose, awarding a family $850,000 for the 2003 death of their son in a baseball game.

    The family of Brandon Patch argued that aluminum baseball bats are dangerous because they cause the baseball to travel at a greater speed. They contended that their 18-year-old son did not have enough time to react to the ball being struck before it hit him in the head while he was pitching in an American Legion baseball game in Helena in 2003.
    This is ridiculous. People want to complain about there being zero tolerance policies and such; but things like this are where they're born from. The pitch was hit straight back at the pitcher. It's a low probability event and very rare to result in death. But it's also one of the greatest dangers to a pitcher on the mound. Wooden or metal, that ball is traveling fast and the reaction time is low. BS lawsuits which result in nanny state policies and irrational zero-tolerance rules.

    I'm sorry for the parent's loss, it sucks. But this is an extremely unlikely event, not zero but unlikely. The dice just rolled badly on this one for them. That's how you have to take this. There's no fault on the damned bat company's part. Just a freak accident.

    I think humans are quickly becoming dumber.

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    Re: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    This is why I sometimes say if the New Testament was written today, Mathew would have been a lawyer instead of a tax collector.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    Tort reform is desperately needed in your country.

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    Re: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Tort reform is desperately needed in your country.
    As long as a lot of the scum in office are lawyers it will not easily happen.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    Sports kill people. That's part of the price we pay for glory-- and it is a price worth paying.

    Ball could have killed him just as easily coming off a wooden bat.

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    Re: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    Jesus ****ing holy **** christ WTF

    This country is going down the ****ter faster than last night's dinner. After reading this, I had to get up and get myself a glass of wine while I ranted to my BF about how ****ing stupid people are. The parents of this boy, ****ing idiots. The jury, ****ing retarded. They need to be bitch slapped back to reality.

    What in the ****ing hell were they thinking? The bat wasn't defective but it didn't have an adequate warning label? Jesus ****ing christ! Do we really need to warn people that if someone hits a ball with the bat that the ****ing ball is going to FLY THROUGH THE ****ING AIR AT A HIGH SPEED???!! Seriously?? Was their 18 year old, baseball playing son that ****ing retarded that he wasn't aware what happens when he puts one over the plate?!

    And if there WAS a warning label on it, would that warning label have made their son move any faster and avoid the ball? Seriously? A sticker on a bat would have made him dodge the ball faster? That's their ****ing reasoning for their dumbass decision?

    Tort reform. TORT REFORM. We need it, badly. God this kind of **** infuriates the **** out of me.


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    Re: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    The Associated Press: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit



    This is ridiculous. People want to complain about there being zero tolerance policies and such; but things like this are where they're born from. The pitch was hit straight back at the pitcher. It's a low probability event and very rare to result in death. But it's also one of the greatest dangers to a pitcher on the mound. Wooden or metal, that ball is traveling fast and the reaction time is low. BS lawsuits which result in nanny state policies and irrational zero-tolerance rules.

    I'm sorry for the parent's loss, it sucks. But this is an extremely unlikely event, not zero but unlikely. The dice just rolled badly on this one for them. That's how you have to take this. There's no fault on the damned bat company's part. Just a freak accident.

    I think humans are quickly becoming dumber.

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    Tort reform is sound pretty good right about now.

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    Re: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    As long as a lot of the scum in office are lawyers it will not easily happen.
    A lawyer is just the tool of the lawsuit. Many people like to say that we are a "nation of laws". Well if we are then we need some of the tools of law and one of those tools are lawyers.

    If you want to blame anyone blame the judges and the juries not the lawyers.
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    Re: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    American's have lost that ability to understand reality. We as a whole seem afraid of pain, suffering and loss. And this is preyed upon by dirtbag lawyers and estrogen loaded juries that put emotion before common sense.

    **** HAPPENS. And it sucks, life sucks. This lawsuit will do nothing to save anyone, make life "safer" just enriched some lawyers and costs some working stiffs at the bat factory to lose their jobs.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    Re: Mont. jury awards $850,000 in aluminum bat lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by F107HyperSabr View Post
    A lawyer is just the tool of the lawsuit. Many people like to say that we are a "nation of laws". Well if we are then we need some of the tools of law and one of those tools are lawyers.

    If you want to blame anyone blame the judges and the juries not the lawyers.
    I disagree. The lawyer is just as much to blame as the judge and jury are. Its like arguing don't blame the person who knowingly buys stolen property. The lawyer,judge and the jury are all equally guilty. Nobody puts a gun to the lawyer's head telling him to do this lawsuit. There is this word called "no", the ambulance chaser could have used it. As far as I know there is no law saying a lawyer must take every case that walks into his office.
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