PR: Judge Allows Change of Venue In SIA vs. USSA Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–Judge Albert V. Brian, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Friday (Sept.. 26) granted a request by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to transfer a suit over Olympic snowboard selection and other issues to Federal court in Utah.

The suit had been filed by a group of plaintiffs, including SnowSports Industries America, a ski and snowboard industry trade association.

Judge Brian ruled that there was no evidence that significant business related to the issue was transacted in Virginia, and that the case should be heard in Utah, where USSA is incorporated.

The judge further commented that only SIA would have the right to file the suit, as it was the only signator to the document which was the focal point of the suit.

“Our first concern in this matter has always been for the top snowboard athletes in the USA and to resolve any issues on Olympic selection within the parameters set by the U.S. Olympic Committee,” said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. “In our discussions with SIA we’ve accomplished that, to the mutual satisfaction of all parties. We are now only waiting for final approval from USOC on the Olympic selection criteria.”

Marolt indicated that while both USSA and SIA had reached an agreement on Olympic selection, other issues had not been finally resolved.

According to USSA counsel Gordon Strachan, the case has been transferred to the U.S. District Court, Central District of Utah. No further details or hearing dates had been established.