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Gatlin v. United States Anti-Doping Agency

2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112850 (2008)

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Gatlin v. United States Anti-Doping Agency

United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida

2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112850 (2008)

Facts

In 2001, Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin (plaintiff) tested positive for doping due to prescription medication that he was legally and appropriately taking for his medical condition, attention-deficit disorder. An arbitral panel found that Gatlin merely committed an inadvertent or “technical” violation of anti-doping rules and that Gatlin had not intended to cheat. In 2006, Gatlin tested positive for doping in violation of anti-doping rules. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and related organizations (collectively, the USADA) (defendants) sanctioned Gatlin for a second anti-doping-rule violation, imposing a suspension that would prevent him from participating in upcoming Olympic trials for the 2008 Olympic Games. Gatlin’s “second violation” suspension was upheld by the internationally based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Gatlin sued the USADA in district court alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and seeking to overturn the CAS’s decision. Gatlin moved for a preliminary injunction. The district court was required to decide whether it had jurisdiction over the matter.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Collier, J.)

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