Tag Archives: Torts

The risk of being hit in the face by a hot dog is not a well-known incidental risk of attending a baseball game. …

It’s not baseball season yet (almost though!), but it is never too early to think about potential baseball related lawsuits. A spectator filed suit against the Royals because Sluggerrr [sic], the mascot, threw hot dogs into the crowd, hitting him in the face and injuring his eye.  Although a jury found against him, he still has hope, as the case was reversed and remanded.

How can you find interesting cases like this to read?  Well, you can comb state court sites.  Many, like Missouri, have a site dedicated to the courts.  Here is Florida’s, for example.  Once you are in a court site, though, you may have to dig for opinions.  The best way in Missouri is to click on Opinions and Minutes from the Legal Resources drop down menu, then choose a court at the bottom (like the Western Appellate District), but you will have to explore in other court webpages.  Once you do that in Missouri, there is a search function, and you can enter fun things like baseball hot dog.  That gets you the opinion from above and the fun quote: “the risk of being hit in the face by a hot dog is not a well-known incidental risk of attending a baseball game.”  I wonder about peanuts…

Famous Legal Case in Various Formats

It all started because I was looking for a funny t-shirt.  Okay, well a t-shirt I think is funny – most lawyers would get the Palsgraf reference anyway.  For those of you who haven’t gotten that far in Torts (or who blocked out all memory of Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad Co.) maybe this Lego reinactment will ring a bell (or a scale, whatever). 

Or maybe seeing it recreated by Peeps is better?  If you don’t like proximate cause, they have one on multiple tortfeasors – Summers v. Tice.

The Beavis and Butthead version doesn’t really explain the case, but is kind of funny.  To really get the case – go to one of the Library’s databases CVN and sign up (it’s free!) to get the edited case, the holding, and an audio you can listen to of the language of the case itself.