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Civil Procedure Keyed to Rowe
Frantz v. United States Powerlifting Federation
Citation:836 F.3d 1063 (7th Cir. 1987)
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Two weightlifters filed suit against the International Powerlifting Federation, the United States Powerlifting Federation (USPF), and the president of the USPF, alleging that they had conspired to monopolize the sport of weightlifting. The weightlifters had been disqualified from participating in IPF events because they had previously participated in events sponsored by one of its rivals. When the initial complaint was dismissed against the USPF and its president, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint against USPF alone. The court awarded the president attorney’s fees as a sanction under Rule 11 for filing a complaint that lacked a plausible argument, but the fees were later vacated by the judge. The president of USPF appealed, and the USPF appealed the denial of its request for sanctions.
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