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TORTS reversing a trial court’s denial of summary judgment for the defense in a case filed by a high school baseball player who was injured during practice, the Alabama Supreme Court on June 6 said that high school baseball coaches are entitled to state-agent immunity. Ex parte Nall and Faulk, No. 1012099. The junior varsity player was hurt while standing in the dugout when he was struck in the head by a foul ball hit by his coach. Suing both the varsity and junior varsity coaches who were leading the practice, the student’s parents sought damages for negligent and wanton conduct as well as loss of filial consortium. The trial court denied the coaches’ summary judgment motion based on state-agent immunity. Granting the coaches’ petition for a writ granting the judgment, the high court reasoned that the coaches had exercised their judgment in discharging their duties. Although the junior varsity coach may have acted tortiously in hitting balls harder and harder at the urging of the students, there was no evidence that he acted with intent to injure. Accordingly, the court applied the state-agent immunity doctrine it set forth in its 2000 case Ex parte Cranman.

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