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Thorns denied discovery claim on 15-year-old Olivia Moultrie

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Portland Thorns FC filed a discovery claim on 15-year-old Olivia Moultrie with the NWSL. The NWSL rejected the claim.

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According to a report from The Oregonian/OregonLive, Portland Thorns FC filed a discovery claim on 15-year-old Olivia Moultrie with the NWSL after U.S. District Judge Karin J. Immergut placed a restraining order that would allow the teen to play in the league. The NWSL denied the Thorns’ claim, saying that they were working on new discovery rules for young players.

Moultrie family attorney Leonard Simon said that they were disappointed by the decision:

“The family and the lawyers are disappointed in the league’s decision and think it is inconsistent with the letter or the spirit of the court’s ruling.”

Earlier this week, Immergut’s restraining order made it so the league would temporarily lift its age rule, giving Moultrie the chance to play for a professional club. Immergut had several reasons for implementing the order:

The judge found the age restriction violated federal antitrust law and would cause irreparable harm to Moultrie, who lives in Wilsonville and practices and scrimmages with the Thorns. Immergut also ruled that lifting the age rule will promote gender equity in athletics.

The two sides will most likely be back in court early next month on June 7, which is when the temporary order will be lifted. It is also the same “for a hearing on Moultrie’s motion for a preliminary injunction to forestall the league’s age rule further.”

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