Ellen Satlof, NATA
214-637-6282, ext. 159
Update of Fair Practice Lawsuit DALLAS, June 27, 2008 – A June 24, 2008, order by a Federal Magistrate Judge in NATA's Fair Practice Lawsuit requires the Orthopaedic Section, APTA Inc. to turn over to NATA, among other things, documents regarding the November 2007 letters written by it intended to harm the manual therapy symposium put on by NATA in January 2008. The Magistrate Judge rejected the Orthopaedic Section's efforts to resist providing these documents. The Orthopaedic Section was ordered to produce the documents to NATA within 10 days. It is unknown whether the Orthopaedic Section will appeal the court's ruling. Any appeal would be to the Federal District Judge before whom the Fair Practice Lawsuit is pending. For more information on the NATA Fair Practice Lawsuit, go here http://www.nata.org/members1/fairpracticehotline/index.cfm About the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA): Athletic trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession. NATA advocates for equal access to athletic trainers for patients and clients of all ages and supports H.R. 1846. Only 42 percent of high schools have access to athletic trainers. NATA members adhere to a code of ethics. www.nata.org.