The Casey Martin Dispute: Conflicting Views of the Amicus Curiae Briefs

Virginia Journal of Sports and Law, Vol. 1, pp. 92-129, 1999

Posted: 23 Aug 1999  

Brian D. Shannon

Texas Tech University School of Law

Abstract

The PGA Tour, Inc. generally requires its professional golfers to walk the course during competition. Casey Martin has a rare disability, Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome, which severely limits his ability to walk long distances. However, he is an excellent golfer. Because the PGA barred him from using a golf cart during competition, he brought a discrimination suit against the PGA under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He prevailed in the district court. See 984 F.Supp. 1320 (D. Or. 1998); 994 F.Supp. 1242 (D. Or. 1998). And an appeal by the PGA is pending before the Ninth Circuit. "The Casey Martin Dispute: Conflicting Views of the Amicus Curiae Briefs" is a published version of amicus curiae briefs that were filed in the 9th Circuit. Thus, the "article" includes (1) the Brief of the Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome Support Group, as Amicus Curiae in Support of Appellee Casey Martin, prepared by Professor Brian Shannon, Texas Tech University School of Law, and (2) the Brief of the United States Golf Association as Amicus Curiae in Support of Appellant PGA Tour, Inc., by Barry A. White, et al., of Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago.

Suggested Citation

Shannon, Brian D., The Casey Martin Dispute: Conflicting Views of the Amicus Curiae Briefs. Virginia Journal of Sports and Law, Vol. 1, pp. 92-129, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=173023

Brian D. Shannon (Contact Author)

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