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Lawsuits filed by former UO basketball players dismissed by judge

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Brandon Austin, Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis. Photos: University of Oregon Athletic Department 2014 Brandon Austin, Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis. Photos: University of Oregon Athletic Department 2014
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Lawsuits filed by three former University of Oregon basketball players who were dismissed from the team and suspended from school amid rape allegations have been thrown out by a federal judge.

Brandon Austin filed a $7.5 million lawsuit in October 2015 stating he was not provided due process and his dismissal from the team cost him future earnings because he was, "widely projected to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, which would more likely than not be accompanied by a multi-million dollar contract and tens of millions of dollars in prospective economic advantage."

A subsequent lawsuit seeking $10 million each was filed on behalf of Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis.

The university released a statement at the time of the latter lawsuit in March that said, "Mr. Artis and Mr. Dotson's lawsuit is no surprise since their attorney has reached out multiple times seeking a financial settlement that we did not entertain. As we said when Mr. Austin filed his claims in October, we intend to vigorously defend the university. We remain confident that all these individuals were afforded fair and consistent due process that fully complied with the university's legal obligations."

The three players were removed from the team following sexual assault allegations that surfaced in March 2014.

A woman claimed she was assaulted by the three players at a party and then later at an apartment. The players told investigators the contact was consensual and the Lane County District Attorney's Office declined to press charges.

The University of Oregon settled a lawsuit with the female student, giving her $800,000 and waiving all costs for tuition, housing and other fees for four years.

According to court documents, a federal judge dismissed the players' lawsuits Thursday.

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