The USATF has only f***ed over one qualifier in recent memory. That was Shannon Butler in the 10,000 in 1996 when elite athlete coordinater John Chaplin wouldn't admit Butler into the Olympic Trials simply because Chaplin disliked him (Butler was 24th on the US list with a 28:33 at Mt. SAC the previous April). Instead, Jon Hume got in with a 28:38. Chaplin said that Butler didn't file the proper paperwork which was essentially a euphamism. I believe the Chaplin quote was: "Butler, I don't care if there are three people on that starting line! You aren't getting into this race!!"
Butler successfully sued USATF for a nominal amount of money, mainly to ensure an athlete wouldn't get f***ed over by USATF politics in the future. This was kept sealed from the public.
Butler's lawsuit had a subtle positive effect. Now USATF tends to allow those runners on the bubble to gain entry into their targeted event at USATF nationals/trials, especially if they are clearly capable of the standard a la Ritz, even in another event.
And that paragon of virtue USATF still carries John Chaplin on its staff. Imagine that.