God Bless California but here is a thought, why isn't USA Swimming advocating for these athletes since they indirectly fall under their national governing body umbrella? Either their face is red or they supported this sort of exploitation in the first place.
From Business Week:
Richard Foster, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, took issue with Samsung's statement that it "followed USOC procedures in communicating with the athletes" and that "the athletes have had the opportunity to voice their opinions on the program and to control their participation."Above Caroline Burckle, one of the plaintiffs
Foster said Samsung's procedures "consisted of sending an email to some of the plaintiffs, in which they were told of the Genome Project and advised that they would be a part of the project unless they `opted out.'"
He said several of the athletes returned the opt-out letter saying they didn't want to participate, but were included anyway, while others deleted the email without reading it.
"The project clearly sought to induce sales of Samsung products and sought to build the athletic community around its brand," Foster said.