Vijay Singh Lawsuit Against PGA Moves Forward Slowly


The lawsuit by professional golfer Vijay Singh against the PGA over doping allegations is moving forward—at a snail’s pace.


In 2013, Singh filed a lawsuit with the New York Supreme Court, the trial court in New York State, alleging that he was treated unfairly for using a medical spray containing deer antler.  Bloomberg reported that Singh had been using the spray on the advice of his caddie to treat back and knee problems since 2012, but in February of 2013, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned the substance.  Following the WADA ban, the PGA ruled that Singh had committed anti-doping violations and would have to pay a fine, after he admitted to Sports Illustrated that he had used the spray.  Singh alleged that other players who also used the spray were not punished.  The WADA later reversed the ban on the deer antler spray.

Singh alleged in the initial complaint that the PGA acted negligently, claimed unfair practices, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The PGA Tour filed a motion to dismiss, and in February of 2014, New York State Supreme Court Judge Eileen Bransten ruled in favor of the PGA on a host of claims, but allowed Singh’s claims that he was treated unfairly to stand.

On June 19, 2014, the New York State Supreme Court ruled on Singh’s lawsuit, in part, alleging that the Professional Golf Association treated him differently than other players on tour when it came to drug testing.

As has been the case since the beginning, this lawsuit is expected to be dragged out by both sides, and resolution is not expected until 2015 at the earliest.  The judge has threatened both parties with sanctions if there are more unnecessary delay tactics.

If you are in the midst of a lawsuit that is dragging on and have questions about your rights, or are an athlete who has questions about fairness, you need an experienced Georgia business litigator who understands the ins and outs of sports and business litigation on your side.  Attorney James J. (“Jim”) Thomas II has more than 35 years of courtroom experience in the Atlanta area, and has represented professional athletes, individuals and businesses of all sizes. Jim is a business litigation expert who can handle complex business litigation as well as analysis, evaluation, and resolution of existing and potential litigation.  Give Jim a call at 404-869-5248 or visit online.

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