Baseball fans go to bat for safety, strike out on standing.

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We know it’s still hockey season but an interesting decision from the Ninth Circuit recently caught our eye involving the national pastime.

Hoping to catch a foul ball in the stands has long been a fan-favorite part of America’s pastime. But in an age of increased pitching and hitting speeds and constant distractions—smart phones, seatback displays, and jumbotrons, to name a few—does the risk of injury from the once-coveted trajectories outweigh the excitement? California plaintiffs Gail Payne and Stephanie Smith—long-time fans of the Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively—thought so and filed suit to force the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball d/b/a Major League Baseball (the “MLB”) to put up more safety netting, spanning “from foul pole to foul pole,” at every MLB stadium. Read the full article →

No crying over steamed milk: Starbucks wins summary judgment in underfilled latte suit

Earlier this month, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted a summary judgment motion filed by Starbucks Corporation (“Starbucks”), dismissing all counts brought by a putative class alleging that Starbucks “uniformly underfills its lattes and mochas” to “save on the costRead the full article →