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Court blocks $500K award in Israeli-US skating dispute

January 8, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey court has denied the Israeli skating federation’s attempt to recover more than $500,000 from a woman who sued to be allowed to skate for the U.S.

Monday’s ruling rejected the argument that Andrea Davidovich should pay the federation’s attorneys’ fees because she filed the lawsuit frivolously.

Davidovich finished 15th in the pairs competition at the 2014 Olympics for Israel. The sport’s international governing body cleared to skate for the U.S. in 2016.

The Israeli federation said the New Jersey court lacked jurisdiction. It also argued Davidovich should have sought a remedy from the international body before turning to the courts.

In Monday’s ruling, the appeals court wrote that Davidovich pursued the claim legitimately because her ability to seek a solution from the international body was uncertain at the time.

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