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Acclaimed injury attorney fights MLB over stadium safety in class action suit




A Washington Nationals bat rests on the netting during batting practice before the start of the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies game at Nationals Park on April 13, 2011 in Washington, DC.
A Washington Nationals bat rests on the netting during batting practice before the start of the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies game at Nationals Park on April 13, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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The man who's fought General Motors over faulty ignitions is now taking on Major League Baseball to protect fans from ricocheting, splintered bats and fatally fast foul balls.

Bob Hilliard of Corpus Christi firm Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP is representing Gail Payne, an Oakland A's fan who says her Section 211 seats ought to be protected by netting after a neighboring fan was injured by a foul ball. Calls for increased safety measures at ballparks were renewed last month when a woman at Fenway Park was severely injured by a cracked bat that flew into stands hitting her in the face.

Should netting beyond homebase be extended, and how far? Are enough fans injured to warrant changes?

GAIL PAYNE, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL (d/b/a MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL); and ROBERT D. MANFRED, JR.

Guests:

Robert (Bob) Hilliard, Partner with Hilliard, Muñoz , Gonzales, L.L.P. representing Gail Payne in a class-action lawsuit against the Commissioner of Major League Baseball

Steve Adelman, Sports and Entertainment lawyer based in Scottsdale, Arizona