San Francisco - A lawsuit filed by a group
of caddies against the US PGA Tour for alleged mistreatment has been thrown out
by a US District Court judge.
A group that grew to 168 caddies filed the
lawsuit last February in San Francisco, claiming they are walking billboards -
forced to wear bibs with sponsor logos without any proceeds from sponsor
contracts that were estimated at $50 million a year.
But in a Tuesday ruling, according to the
network, judge Vince Chhabria found "the caddies' overall complaint about
poor treatment by the tour has merit but this federal lawsuit about bibs does
"Caddies have been required to wear
the bibs for decades, so caddies know when they enter the profession that
wearing a bib during tournaments is part of the job," Chhabria wrote.
"For that reason, there is no merit to
the caddies' contention that contracts somehow prevent the tour from requiring
them to wear bibs."
Chhabria also tossed out caddies' claims of
anti-trust and trademark violations and the notion their contracts with the
tour were signed under duress.
In a statement, the PGA Tour said they were
happy with the ruling.
"We are aware of the ruling made in
our favour regarding the lawsuit filed last year by caddies and are pleased by
the court's decision," the statement said.
"We look forward to putting this
matter behind us and moving forward in a positive direction with the