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JUDGE DISMISSES SUIT BY COACH WHO WOULDN'T WEAR NIKE GARB

A federal judge dismissed an $11 million suit filed by an assistant soccer coach who claimed he was forced to quit because he refused to wear Nike's ubiquitous swoosh logo.

In his ruling filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New York, Judge Allen G. Schwartz found no legal merit to any of the claims made by plaintiff Jim Keady, including federal civil rights and human rights violations, criminal conspiracy, defamation and breach of contract.

The lawsuit also named St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y., as a co-defendant.

At issue was a multimillion-dollar licensing deal between the nation's largest Catholic university and the Beaverton-based sneaker company. Under the deal, the university's coaches and athletes wore athletic equipment adorned with the Nike logo.

Keady, a graduate assistant, said he became aware of Nike's oft-criticized overseas factories while studying for his master's degree in theology at St. John's.

He soon became convinced that supporting Nike's "sweatshops" was "in direct violation of the social teaching of the Catholic Church and the mission of our university."

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