“People can now interact using their cellphones while sitting in their seats,” Chicago attorney Timothy Liam Epstein told The Seattle Times. “And so, you now have venue owners and teams that are participating actively in individual, targeted distractions that would seem to be a relatively easy way for a plaintiff’s attorney to defeat a presumption of the case getting tossed under the ‘Baseball Rule.’ ”
Last week’s news that the Mariners' would further expand protective netting around Safeco field was followed a day later by word that all Major League Baseball teams would do the same.
And it’s not surprising.
Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather issued a statement saying the team is concerned about fan safety, which is no doubt true. No MLB team I know of wants their fans knocked unconscious or to lose teeth or fingertips because of a screaming line drive.
But it appears more likely the main driver behind MLB’s changes is the increased potential for a successful lawsuit by injured fans struck by foul balls or pieces of flying bats. At least one prominent national sports attorney agrees the changed dynamic of how fans pay attention to games has left MLB and its teams worried about being vulnerable to litigation despite the longstanding legal protections they enjoy.
“I don’t think venue owners are monsters, and I think there certainly is some empathy to wanting to keep their patrons safe,” said Timothy Liam Epstein, a sports attorney and partner at the Duggan Bertsch LLC firm in Chicago. “But at the same time, yeah, lawsuits are driving it. That’s what happens in sports.”
The NHL changed its protective netting in 2002 after a deflected puck struck Columbus Blue Jackets fan Brittanie Cecil, 13, at a game. She died two days later...
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The Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars is an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Illinois receive this distinction. Attorneys are selected through a patented selection process involving nominations, research, and peer reviews.
DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC is proud to announce the following attorneys who have been selected as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2018 in the following categories:
2018 Illinois Super Lawyers
Timothy Liam Epstein
Entertainment & Sports Law
Michael A. Passananti
Estate & Probate
2018 Illinois Rising Stars
Clint A. Costa
Scott A. Sissel
Ronnie E. Webb Jr.
In the span of one weekend in December, accusations of workplace impropriety against Carolina Panthers principal owner Jerry Richardson led to an internal and National Football League investigation and ultimately resulted in Richardson putting the team up for sale.
On the same day that a media story revealed that Richardson allegedly engaged in sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact with several female Panther employees,....
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This year's event took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. During this four day conference and expo, leaders of the industry came together to share their experiences, discuss the latest trends, happenings, and visions for the industry's future. Timothy Liam EPSTEIN, a member of XLIVE's Advisory Board, was among these industry leaders, speaking on two of the expert panel sessions. This year’s conference and expo featured five conference tracks, totaling over 60 interactive educational sessions designed to give event promoter's the ability to create experiences that are truly extraordinary.
For specifics on Tim's sessions, please select one of the panel titles below:
December 11, 2017 Panel --> Community Impact - Making a Positive Impact on Communities through Live Events
December 12, 2017 Panel --> Standing Apart – Building a unique lineup in a consolidated market:
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On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Tim joined other leading touring industry professionals in discussing trends, challenges, and opportunities in a broad array of touring industry sectors during the TRAX breakout session at this years Billboard Touring Conference & Awards.
The International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA), is an annual conference that is unlike any other in the festival/entertainment industry. The conference schedule includes live music from some of the most current artists, provides diverse entertainment options for buyers and offers exceptional networking opportunities.
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