A woman was struck by a foul ball while watching a Seibu-Nippon Ham game with her family at Sapporo Dome on August 21, 2010. She suffered a ruptured right eyeball and facial fractures on the right side of her face. She filed a lawsuit claiming negligence against the Nippon Ham Fighters, Sapporo City, and Sapporo Dome.
The Sapporo District Court ruled in favor of the woman and ordered the three defendants to pay her about 41.9 million yen in damages last March. The three defendants appealed the decision.
On May 20, the Sapporo High Court once again ruled in favor of the woman, but reduced the damages to about 33.57 million yen and dismissed claims against Sapporo Dome and Sapporo City.
The claim against Sapporo Dome was dismissed because the High Court could not say that the stadium was lacking in safety since the walls were not lower than other stadiums. The claim against the Nippon Ham Fighters stuck because the High Court could not say that the organization did everything it could to prevent the accident (the woman had little knowledge of baseball and was only at the game as a parent of a child that was part of an event that invited elementary school children to the stadium).