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Recent Baseball Case

A New York court recently threw-out a case where an injured baseball fan sued for being hit by part of a wood bat.  The New York courts strictly apply the limited duty rule for facility owners.  This plaintiff tried to claim that there was a greater risk of injury to fans from broken bats because MLB has identified some bats as more likely to break.  The maple bat in this case is a type that has broken more frequently then ash bats.  The court felt the type of bat was not the issue, but whether the plaintiff was sitting in an unprotected seat, and the court did not think there needed to be any additional screened protection.

Social Media to the Rescue

The recent riots in Vancouver has exposed a new weapon in the fight against illegal or inappropriate conduct—social networking.  The Police department in Vancouver had received over 3,500 e-mails which included 53 videos, 708 photos, and 1,011 hyperlinks to various social media sites.  Some are saying that this is the first major incident in which social media has played such a prominent role in identifying what happened or who engaged in what activities.  In fact a Facebook page was started called Vancouver Riot Pics that attracted more than 100,000 fans.  Through this Facebook page over 100 people were tagged in various photos which made the police’s job much easier.

Riots in Vancouver

Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu said more than 100 people were arrested during the riots in the city’s downtown core following the final game of the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night.

Residents of the city awoke Thursday to the aftermath of the city’s worst riot in decades, facing a massive cleanup and questions about how the mob fury came to be unleashed after the Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins.

Chu defended the police preparations, but said in hindsight it would have been better to have more police deployed downtown initially.

Chu apologized to business owners who became the victims of rioters, but defended the police’s tactical decision to focus on public safety and suppress the riot by dispersing the crowd, rather than rushing to hotspots as crowds attacked stores.

So far, 101 arrests were reported, with 85 charged with breach of the peace, eight charged with public intoxication and eight charged with Criminal Code offences including theft, mischief, assault with a weapon and breaking and entering.

City crews and glass repair companies were still working to repair the smashed windows of about a dozen businesses targeted by rioters and looters in the downtown core as the sun rose over the city early Thursday morning.

City officials say a total of 29 businesses were damaged, about 15 vehicles were overturned or burned, portable toilets were toppled and trash cans were torched.

Worst hit were Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs, Bank of Montreal and a car rental agency on West Georgia Street, and the Sears, Future Shop and Chapters stores on Robson Street.

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