Beleaguered American sprinter Justin Gatlin settled out of court in a lawsuit involving anti-doping agencies. Gatlin sued because the agencies suspended him over Adderall (apparently the anabolic steroids he also used didn't enter into the suit). From Universal Sports:
Suspended American sprinter Justin Gatlin has agreed to a settlement
with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the United States Olympic
Committee (USOC), USA Track and Field (USATF) and the International
Associations of Athletic Federations (IAAF) in a civil suit Gatlin
filed claiming the four groups discriminated against him based on the
Americans for Disabilities Act, Universal Sports has learned.
Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the 100m and the 2005 world champion in the 100m and 200m, is serving a four-year suspension for testing positive for testosterone in 2006.
Court documents show that Gatlin agreed to the settlement on Feb. 9 in the U.S. District Court for Northern Florida. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Gatlin and his attorney, Joe Zarzaur, refused to comment about specifics of the settlement.
And some details:
It's unclear if the defendants admitted any guilt in the settlement.
“The fact that they settled has nothing to do with the merits of the case,” said John Collins, an attorney who has represented athletes against doping charges, including Gatlin. “You have to figure if the settlement is greater than the attorney’s fees, then there may be some admission of guilt. If not, than all they settle for is nuisance value.”
Gatlin filed a civil suit against the four groups on June 9, 2008, claiming they discriminated against him based on his disability, Attention Deficit Disorder. Gatlin tested positive for amphetamines from tests taken June 16 and June 17, 2006 during the U.S. Junior National Championships.
Gatlin claimed the drug Adderall, which he was taking for ADD, was the source of the amphetamines. He further claimed there were no forms to fill out at the junior national meet allowing him to declare that he was taking the medication.