MEDFORD, Ore. — The man suing DICK'S Sporting Goods for age discrimination has been denied a temporary restraining against them. NewsWatch 12 was in the courtroom today, gathering footage of the proceedings.
The temporary restraining order requested by the plaintiff, Mr. Watson's attorney would have required DICK'S to abandon their new policy in Oregon, resuming gun sales to people under the age 21.
"The court heard our side of the story and decided this was not an appropriate matter for a temporary restraining order to be issued so we were successful in that matter," said Dick's Sporting Goods Vice President Thomas Smith.
In the above video, the judge is discussing the restraining order with Mr. Watson's attorney, addressing the plaintiff's claim that DICK'S policy caused "irreparable harm." The judge decides that this claim is unfounded, and does not grant the temporary restraining order.
"The court indicated that we were successful on the merits of our case but we weren't able to show irreparable injury at this time so we remain confident that we'll win this case in summary judgement," said Max Whittington, an attorney for 20-year-old Tyler Watson who originally filed the complaint.
However, the judge acknowledges, the defense team for DICK'S faces an uphill battle as the case proceeds.