Lawsuit against OR Olympian Rupp dismissed

Lawsuit against OR Olympian Rupp dismissed

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EUGENE, OR - JUNE 28: Galen Rupp (R) celebrates after finishing ahead of Bernard Lagat and winning the Men's 5000 Meter Run on day seven of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at the Hayward Field on June 28, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 19 at 3:04 PM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A lawsuit accusing Oregon runner Galen Rupp of steroid use has been dismissed before it reached the starting line.

The Register-Guard reports that U.S. District Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin tossed the baseless and bogus complaint late Wednesday.

Lawyers for Rupp and his coach Alberto Salazar said the complaint was likely the work of Jonathan Lee Riches, a former Pennsylvania federal prison inmate known for flooding courts with fake allegations about celebrities.

The suit named a plaintiff, "Mary Jane Prefontaine," who does not exist. Her purported address is a Philadelphia building that's closed-for-renovations.

Portland attorney Bob Weaver says Rupp did not need the distraction as he prepares for the London Olympics. Rupp is scheduled to compete in the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters.

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