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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
November 5, 2020, Decided; November 5, 2020, Filed
CIVIL ACTION NO. 19-1631
The plaintiff, an Olympic cyclist and local politician, brings defamation, invasion of privacy—false light, and invasion of privacy—intrusion upon seclusion claims against the defendant, the national governing body of cycling in the United States. In 2018, the defendant learned of sexual assault allegations involving the plaintiff. The defendant reported these allegations to the United States Center for SafeSport—a congressionally-established entity tasked with investigating allegations of sexual abuse in Olympic and Paralympic sports. After reporting these [*2] allegations to the Center, the defendant disclosed information about the plaintiff, which the plaintiff contends renders the defendant liable in this action. First, the defendant suspended the plaintiff's cycling license, which placed him on a list of suspended riders that was available to some members of the cycling community. Second, the defendant gave a local newspaper a succinct statement confirming that there was an ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct allegations involving the plaintiff.
The defendant has now moved for summary judgment on all the plaintiff's claims. After reviewing the parties' submissions and the complaint, the court grants the defendant's motion for summary judgment. In regard to placing the plaintiff on the list of suspended riders, the court concludes that the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 ("SSAA"), 36 U.S.C. § 220541, limits the defendant's liability and renders the defendant immune to liability for placing the plaintiff on the list of suspended riders. In regard to making statements to the newspaper, the court concludes that the plaintiff has not demonstrated there is any genuine issue of material fact that could [*3] render the defendant liable for defamation, invasion of privacy—false light, or invasion of privacy—intrusion upon seclusion.
I. PROCEDURAL HISTORY
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2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 206888 *; 2020 WL 6504585
MARTIN W. NOTHSTEIN, Plaintiff, v. USA CYCLING, Defendant.
Prior History: Nothstein v. USA Cycling, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193545, 2020 WL 6131574 (E.D. Pa., Oct. 19, 2020)
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