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Topics: Baseball, Insurance, Catcher Pages: 2 (483 words) Published: April 23, 2015
 BOURQUE v DUPLECHIN

1. facts

(1) Bourque was playing second base on soft ball
(2) After Bourque had thrown the ball to first base, Duplechin ran at full speed into Bourque (3) As Duplechin ran into Bourque, he brought his left arm up under Bourque's chin

2. procedural history

Plaintiff, Jerome Bourque, Jr., filed this suit to recover damages for personal injuries received in a softball game. Made defendants were Adrien Duplechin, a member of the opposing team who inflicted the injuries, and Duplechin's liability insurer, Allstate Insurance Company.

3. issue

Both Duplechin and Allstate contend that the trial court erred: in not finding that Bourque assumed the risk of injury by participating in the softball game; and in failing to find that Bourque was guilty of contributory negligence. Defendant Duplechin also contends that the trial court erred in finding him negligent and in finding that the injury to plaintiff Bourque occurred four to five feet away from the second base position in the general direction of the pitcher's mound. Allstate further contends that the trial court erred in finding coverage under its policy which excludes injury intended or expected by the insured.

4. holding

supports the trial court's conclusion that Bourque did not assume the risk of Duplechin's negligent act.

5. rationale

There is no question that defendant Duplechin's conduct was the cause in fact of the harm to plaintiff Bourque. Duplechin was under a duty to play softball in the ordinary fashion without unsportsmanlike conduct or wanton injury to his fellow players. This duty was breached by Duplechin, whose behavior was, according to the evidence, substandard and negligent. Bourque may also have assumed the risk of an injury resulting from standing in the base path and being spiked by someone sliding into second base, a common...
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