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Judge drops case against ex-USOC drug czar Exum

DENVER -- A lawsuit filed against the U.S. Olympic Committee by the organization's former drug czar has been dismissed after the sides reached a resolution, according to documents filed Thursday in federal court.

Wade Exum, who served as the Colorado Springs-based agency's director of drug control administration for nine years until he resigned in 2000, sued the organization in El Paso County District Court last year. The case was moved to federal court in May 2005.

Exum's attorney, John Pineau, filed a request Thursday to dismiss the lawsuit because both sides agreed to resolve the case. U.S. District Judge Wiley granted the request and ordered each side to pay his or its own costs.

Pineau did not return a message left Thursday at his office. USOC attorney William Wright did not immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment.

Exum, a psychiatrist, accused the USOC of undermining his push to eliminate doping and failing to discipline athletes who used drugs. The lawsuit sought unspecified damages for emotional distress, embarrassment, lost wages and benefits, diminished career opportunities and other injuries.

In a previous federal lawsuit, Exum, who is black, alleged racial discrimination as well as making claims similar to those in the present lawsuit. A federal judge threw out the discrimination claim in April 2003 and refused to consider the remaining claims. An appeals court refused to reinstate the initial lawsuit.

Wiley's order Thursday dismisses the lawsuit with prejudice, which means it cannot be filed again.