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Former Swimmer Wins Suit Against Attorney

Dagny Knutson former swimmer wins suit against attorney Richard Foster, an international aquatic sports power broker. 

Knutson, Former swimmer wins suit against attorney for $617,800 in damages in Orange County Superior Court after a jury found that Foster committed a breach of fiduciary duty and fraud by willful concealment while advising her to accept a financial settlement with USA Swimming, the sport's national governing body, in a dispute over a promise of financial support by former U.S. national team director Mark Schubert.

Wednesday's ruling ends a lengthy legal battle that pitted Knutson and her attorneys against the American swimming and aquatic sports establishment and Schubert, considered by many to be the greatest coach in swimming history. During that period Knutson experienced financial problems, battled severe depression and an eating disorder and eventually faded from the sport. The trial, which lasted more than two weeks, even featured dueling Olympic champion expert witnesses: Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a law school professor, and Janet Evans, vice chairman of the LA 2024 Olympic bid committee.

"From 2010, 2011 I've fought all these uphill battles where I thought it was all my fault, that I was a poor athlete, I was not disciplined enough, wasn't a good enough swimmer," Knutson said Wednesday. "This shows that I was tricked, taken advantage, manipulated, schemed basically.

"(The jury verdict) was something I was waiting to hear for so long. The determination of my case proved that it was not my fault. It was a relief, it brought closure. I felt like I had worth again."

Foster, a former president of USA Water Polo and longtime official for FINA, global governing body for aquatic sports, said he would appeal the verdict.

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