Official World Golf Ranking sued for alleged collusion with PGA Tour

Attorney Larry Klayman announced on Monday the filing of a second amended class action lawsuit in the 15th Judicial Circuit for Palm Beach County, which alleges an antitrust conspiracy to restrict commerce and harm golf fans in the State of Florida, as well as “eliminating LIV Golf in its early days. ”

The PGA Tour, DP World Tour Golf Channel and Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) are named in the court filing.

The OWGR is accused of being part of a conspiracy to restrict trade in violation of Florida antitrust laws because its board of directors contains “conflicting leadership of the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour.” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and DP World Tour General Manager Keith Pelley both sit on the OWGR Board of Directors.

The court filing alleges that consumers “have seen the quality of the product they pay for at PGA Tour events diluted and destroyed by a deterioration in the level of talent at PGA Tour events due to the exclusion of good number of the best players in the world who have signed with LIV Golf.

The court filing also claims Players Championship tickets in 2023 are 34% higher than in 2022, “and some packages for the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida are at least ten percent higher. in 2023 than in 2022” and later refers to the increases as “supracompetitive prices”.

The complaint further alleges monopolization, attempted monopolization, collective boycotts and other unfair trade practices. The first amended class action lawsuit to name the OWGR was filed Nov. 4. The second amended complaint was filed electronically on November 11. golf week Confirmed with the 15th Judicial Circuit, the second complaint is still pending at the time of this posting. The offices were closed November 9 and 10 due to Hurricane Nicole and also November 11 for Veterans Day.

The second amended action “seeks actual and compensatory damages, in an amount to be determined” by a jury.

“Consumers, meaning Florida golf fans, including myself, have as much right as anyone to benefit from a free market, which would allow all golf leagues and independent players to compete fairly,” Klayman said via a statement. “But the defendants have unlawfully worked hard to prevent this because the PGA Tour and its co-conspirators will not tolerate honest and fair competition as they challenge their trillion dollar plus monopoly to totally dominate the world of golf. “

While representing Patrick Reed of LIV Golf, Klayman filed a $750 million defamation lawsuit in late September to add Golf Channel’s Damon Hack, Shane Bacon, as well as golf week columnist Eamon Lynch and his parent company, Gannett. Earlier this month, Klayman filed a new $250 million lawsuit against a number of other prominent golf media members and organizations, including author Shane Ryan, Hachette, the New York Post and Fox Sports. , as well as Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson and the organization. who he works for.

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