Cubs dropped from lawsuit filed by man blinded by foul ball
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.