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Gold Medal Swimmers Lose Bid for Class Action Antitrust Damages

Feb. 14, 2022, 5:20 PM

Professional swimming’s world governing body defeated a bid for up to $75 million in class action damages by three-time Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszú of Hungary and U.S. gold medalist Michael Andrew, who are leading federal antitrust litigation against the federation in San Francisco.

Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley partly denied class certification to Hosszú, Andrew, and two-time U.S. Olympian Tom Shields, saying the pay structure of the swimming league behind a related case—and its links to Hosszú and Andrew—makes individual damages claims more appropriate.

Because participants in the International Swimming League compete for a “fixed pot” of prize money, ...