Tag Archive: Stephen M.Roche

Baseball Fans—Heads Up! A Glove Is Your Only Protection Against Foul Balls 

October 22, 2019 8:00 am Published by Stephen M. Roche

Whether you attended a baseball game this summer or are watching the World Series this week, you may have noticed something different in ballparks—extended netting along the baselines. Stories of fans seriously injured by broken bats or foul balls have made headlines, prompting teams to take extra precautions. But is there actually any legal recourse for a fan injured by a flying bat or foul ball?

The law’s “Baseball Rule” dates back to 1908, and it flows from the “Assumption of Risk Doctrine.” Under that doctrine, fans who wish to sit in an unprotected area of the park assume the open and obvious risk that a ball may enter the stands.

The Baseball Rule protects stadium owners from lawsuits, ...

Stephen M. Roche Joins Mountain Dearborn

January 8, 2019 9:58 am Published by Mountain, Dearborn & Whiting LLP

Mountain, Dearborn & Whiting LLP announces that Stephen M. Roche has become associated with the law firm. Stephen earned his J.D. at New England Law | Boston and his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts – Boston.

He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2018. Stephen’s practice will concentrate on small business and corporate matters, real estate transactions, zoning, licensing, and estate planning and administration. He may be reached at 508-756-2423 (office); 508-453-6279 (direct); or email sroche@mountaindearborn.com. ...