Golfer LIV Patrick Reed’s $750 million defamation lawsuit targeting Golf Channel and its employees, among others, has been dismissed in a Florida court, According to a report from USA Today.
The lawsuit was filed in Texas in August before being reconsidered in Florida, where it was dismissed on Friday by US District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan.
On dismissing the case, Corrigan gave his reasons for the ruling.
“Reed’s complaint does not quite fit into one of the four types of gun pleas,” Corrigan said. However, it fails to give the defendants notice of the reasons on which each claim is based because Reed alleges 120 factual allegations, and then proceeds to consolidate 120 allegations into each count. … Reid attempts to claim various breaches of defamation and civil conspiracy against each defendant; require substantially different factual claims.”
The lawsuit by Reid alleged conspiracy, defamation, tortious falsehood, and tortious interference, and that the defenders acted “collectively as joint accomplices.” Specifically, he sued Reed Golf Week and parent company, Eamonn Lynch, A.P Golf Week Columnist and staff member of the Golf Channel, Brundle Chambly, Damon Hack and Shane Bacon.
The lawsuit centered around Reid’s move from the PGA Tour to the LIV Series golf course and the narrative surrounding the competing tour and its affiliation with the Saudis.
Reed’s attorney Larry Kleiman wasn’t shy about the rationale behind the lawsuit when it was filed.
“The PGA Tour and its ‘partner’, NBC’s Golf Channel, NBC’s Golf Channel’s mission is to destroy the LIV Golf Tour player and his family, as well as all LIV Gold players, to further their agenda and their alleged collaborative effort to destroy the new LIV Golf Tour,” Kleiman said. “As alleged in the complaint, these calculated malicious attacks created hatred, aided and abetted a hostile work environment, and caused significant financial and emotional harm and harm to Mr. Reid and his family.”
Despite Reed’s claims and representation, the golfer will be unsuccessful in his quest to sue several members of the golf media.
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