on Wednesday, and PGA Tour went on a crime Antitrust battle with Leaf golfwhile Patrick Reed has filed another $750 million defamation lawsuit over what he says was unlawful swearing in connection with his decision to join LIV.
The PGA Tour has given its answer to the complaint for what is now called Matt Jones, Bryson DeChambeau, Peter Oehlen and LIV Golf against the PGA Tour. Reflects the renamed case Phil Mickelson Three golfers LIV pulling out of litigation on Tuesday.
The PGA Tour, which has denied any wrongdoing, offers 18 defenses. In one defense, the PGA Tour insists that LIV and golfers have not suffered an economic injury. Last month, Judge Beth Labson Freeman I found it a problem For LIV golfers to praise LIV for offering them superior career options while at the same time saying the PGA Tour is doing them harm. Another defense is that the PGA Tour, which now competes with LIV, has “no prospect of achieving monopoly power in the relevant market”. The PGA Tour also argues that golfers contractually agreed to follow rules that they now maintain are illegal and that some claims are prohibited by applicable statutes of limitations.
as such Sportico was expected, the PGA Tour also keeps the LIV involved in a harmful interference. LIV, the PGA Tour confirmed in a counter-suit, urging golfers to break their contracts through a “campaign to pay out astronomical sums of money to LIV players.” LIV is portrayed as sparing no expense in the so-called attempt to “launder the recent history of Saudi atrocities”.
LIV is also accused of “falsely informing golfers” that they have the legal right to exit from PGA Tour contracts while “at the same time . . . LIV has entered into its own agreements with LIV players, which place contractual restrictions on LIV players more in terms of scope and onerous duration than Any of the tour regulations they’re challenging.”
In response, expect LIV to maintain that golfers made their own career decisions. LIV can also argue that it has a legal right to hire players, just as any company might employ a competitor’s best workers.
The PGA Tour in conflict with the LIV complicates the issue that could still exist in the court system. Antitrust litigation often lasts for years, particularly when involving parties who, like these two golf tournaments, have huge financial resources to spend on expert lawyers and witnesses who themselves look forward to opportunities for paid hours. The case is currently scheduled for trial on January 8, 2024, but it may be postponed for a number of reasons and will be subject to multiple appeals.
Meanwhile, Reed, who is based in both Florida and Texas according to court documents, relayed his claim that the Golf Channel and various commentators discredited him for his decision to join the LIV.
Reed last month lawsuit Golf Channel and Brandel Chamblee in Texas due to comments made by the commentator about Reed, among them that Reed “plays only for blood money.” And in a Texas court filing on Wednesday, Reed withdrew the complaint.
Reade’s second lawsuit was filed in Florida, with Golf Channel and Chamble once again appointing defendants along with three other commentators: Damon Hack, Benjamin Bacon and Eamonn Lynch. The 96-page complaint draws attention to, among many notes, Lynch’s reference to the “Evil Empire” and the “Death Star” of star Wars Movies while criticizing Reid. The new lawsuit faces the same major hurdle: defamatory statements are incorrect assertions of the truth while opinion comments are protected by the First Amendment.