A federal choose in Florida on Friday dismissed golfer Patrick Reed‘s $750 million defamation lawsuit towards Brandel Chamblee, the Golf Channel and others.
U.S. District Court docket Decide Timothy J. Corrigan has given Reed till Dec. 16 to file an amended grievance. The defendants have till Jan. 13 to reply.
In his ruling Friday, Corrigan wrote that Reed “fails to provide Defendants discover of the grounds upon which every declare rests as a result of Reed alleges 120 factual allegations, then proceeds to include all 120 allegations into every rely.”
“Reed makes an attempt to allege varied defamation and civil conspiracy violations towards every Defendant; causes of motion which require vastly completely different factual allegations,” Corrigan wrote. “The Court docket is dismissing Reed’s Grievance with out prejudice. In his amended grievance, Reed is instructed to include into every rely solely the factual allegations which might be related to the respective causes of motion.”
Within the authentic grievance, Reed’s legal professionals alleged that Chamblee and Golf Channel conspired with the PGA Tour and commissioner Jay Monahan to defame Reed “since he was 23 years outdated” — 9 years in the past.
“Mr. Reed is happy that the Court docket sustained variety jurisdiction and set a deadline for the Defendants to answer our quickly to be filed amended grievance, which is able to add but extra defamatory statements that have been printed after the preliminary grievance was filed,” Reed’s legal professional, Larry Klayman, stated in an announcement. “The order offers with the type of our pleading, which is well addressed, not the substance of the allegations, that are sturdy. Mr. Reed and different LIV gamers have been maliciously defamed, and this case is designed to place an finish to this, as soon as and for all.”
Reed’s allegations included that the defendants conspired “to destroy his repute, create hate, and a hostile work surroundings for him, with the intention to discredit his identify and accomplishments as a younger, elite, world-class golfer, and the nice and caring individual, husband and father of two youngsters that he’s.”
Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, left the PGA Tour to compete on the brand new LIV Golf circuit this previous season. Monahan suspended PGA Tour members who competed in LIV Golf tournaments with out conflicting-event releases. Reed was a part of Dustin Johnson’s 4 Aces squad that received LIV Golf’s inaugural crew championship. Reed earned greater than $12 million in seven LIV occasions.