In Wild Week of Legal Wins, Did Everyone Lose?

There are no clear victors after the dust settled.

Natalie Ryan in round one at the 2023 OTB Open. Photo: DGPT

The American legal system isn’t known for its efficiency. But after living through this week’s day-by-day drama of Natalie Ryan’s case against the DGPT and PDGA, perhaps we can all appreciate the downsides of needing to rush a complex case to completion.

As things “finally” stand on Saturday, the DGPT can claim victory and exclude Ryan from further competing in the OTB Open in Stockton, California – after they were required to let her participate in Friday’s round one. Leading up to the Friday night ruling from the Ninth Circuit, there was a different legal narrative each day. And keep in mind that absolutely nothing about this case is even close to final: All of the legal drama was centered around preliminary motions. An entire case may still unfold.

And while the DPGT might feel positive now, it seems like all parties involved had, at the very least partial, losses throughout the week.

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