From Sports Illustratedthe PGA Tour has filed a new lawsuit against the backers of LIV Golf.
The suit is directed against the Saudi Public Investment Fund and its governor, Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan. The fund is worth more than $500 billion.
The request filed by the Tour was under seal, which means that access to the initial file is not available to the public.
Sources told SI that the Tour was trying to compel the PIF and Al-Rumayyan to answer discovery questions as part of the pending antitrust lawsuit, which they had previously refused to do.
Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, courts “may consolidate any or all of the issues in the case for hearing or trial; fully consolidate shares for all purposes; or issue any other order to avoid unnecessary costs or delays. »
That means the new Tour case will likely be part of the existing lawsuit in Northern California.
PGA Tour sues Saudi backers of LIV Golf to force discovery of evidence https://t.co/nI6jbHmUER
— The News with Shepard Smith (@thenewsoncnbc) October 21, 2022
Additionally, last week the courts heard a discovery question to force the PGA Tour to answer LIV’s ‘examination #1’, which sought information about Tour communications about any discussion of a new Tour. .
According to Sports Illustrated, this is how interview #1 reads.
Identify each person who has communicated on behalf of the PGA Tour with any other person (including tour members) or entity regarding any new tour. Your response should include individuals who have contacted (a) European Tour, (b) Augusta National, (c) PGA of America, (d) USGA, (e) OWGR, (f) Royal & Ancient, (g ) Asian Tour, (h) Japan Tour, (i) Sunshine Tour, (j) Ladies Professional Golf Association, (k) Ladies European Tour, (l) any broadcaster, (m) any supplier or service provider of the PGA Tour, (n) any advertiser or sponsor, (o) any player’s agent or representative, (p) any golfer (including members of the PGA Tour), or (q) any other person or entity not expressly excluded by this interview. Your response need not include communications with PGA Tour counsel or the press. For each person you identify, identify the date(s) of the communication(s), the means of communication (e.g., in person, telephone, text, email, etc.), and the other person or entity to whom the communication was made.
The judge ultimately accepted LIV Golf’s claims and ordered the Tour to fully answer the question posed by Examination #1, as well as the parties to examine the subject matter of the request and expand upon it.
The subject of the communications in response will be the subject of new meetings and consultations between the parties in accordance with the directives provided by the Court during the hearing. In sum, the subject will be broader than “LIV, PGL and Saudi Golf League” but not as broad as the definition of “New Tour” in Interrogatory no. 1.
Interestingly, and to the intrigue of many die-hard golf fans, the inclusion of a name identified by the PGA Tour as having been talked about LIV Golf: Anthony Kim.
LIV Golf sent a list of 71 players to the PGA Tour, requesting documentation of any communication between the Tour and those players regarding: LIV.
Among them: Anthony Kim. pic.twitter.com/QdtplhPm3S
— Sean Zak (@Sean_Zak) October 24, 2022
Almost a month ago, on September 29, the PGA Tour filed a countersuit against LIV golf, accusing the new league of interfering with its player contracts.
On August 3, eleven LIV golf players filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, accusing the Tour of using its monopoly powers to deny competition and a new competitive circuit. Only three players – Peter Uihlein, Matt Jones and Bryson DeChambeau – currently remain named in the lawsuit.
The United States Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the PGA Tour and the alleged monopoly stock.