Golf

Judge dismisses caddies lawsuit

2016-02-11 07:16
Golf (File)

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 not."

"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 caddies."

Read more on:    pga  |  golf
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel's decision to not represent South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, citing family and schedule issues, is...

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.