The law firm Seyfarth Shaw on Wednesday withdrew from representing the U.S. Soccer Federation in a pay-equity case in California amid widespread criticism over a court filing that said players on the U.S. Women’s National Team had less “skill” than their male colleagues.

The court filing last month in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California caused a national uproar, and the U.S. Soccer Federation swiftly announced that Latham & Watkins would join the legal team “and guide our legal strategy going forward.”

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