Judge's Order May Speed Up Proceedings In USTA Lawsuit
A federal judge ordered that the USTA make available its corporate controller for deposition by Nov. 19 as part of a case brought by a handful of U.S. Open umpires and linesmen seeking back pay. The USTA is trying to get the case, filed over 14 months ago, dismissed, so it has wanted to delay depositions until a decision on its dismissal motion. Andrew Carter, U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of N.Y., ordered that the controller, Joseph Healy, be deposed. He also ordered the two sides to present him with a status report by Nov. 27. The linesmen and umpires are seeking class action status.