Cubs dropped from lawsuit filed by man blinded by foul ball

CHICAGO - JUNE 7: General view of the interleague game at Wrigley Field between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees on June 7, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Yankees 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO  — A judge has dismissed the Chicago Cubs from a lawsuit filed by a fan blinded in one eye by a foul ball at Wrigley Field.

John Loos of Schaumburg, Illinois says in the lawsuit filed in October he was sitting along the first-base line near the outfield during an August 29 game when he was struck in the face.

The Chicago Tribune reports Major League Baseball remains a defendant in the lawsuit. The attorney for Loos will have another chance to make the case the Cubs should be a defendant because the team “willfully and wantonly” failed to erect safety netting despite knowing of the injury risk to fans.

A Cubs spokesman was unavailable for comment on the court’s action.

Judges across the country frequently thrown out such lawsuits. Illinois is one of four states with a so-called “baseball rule.” The law absolves stadium owners of liability so long as an adequate number of seats are behind protective netting.