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Patrick Reed Incurs Legal Fees After Court Dismisses Defamation Lawsuits

Patrick Reed Incurs Legal Fees After Court Dismisses Defamation Lawsuits

3 Key Points

  • Patrick Reed directed to pay legal fees following defamation suit dismissal
  • Court refers to Florida’s anti-SLAPP statute in decision against Reed
  • The lawsuits were an offshoot of the wider PGA Tour vs LIV Golf conflict

Defamation Claims Dismissed, Costs Ordered for Reed

In a recent decision that could have ripple effects on outspoken athletes’ legal recourse, a federal judge has ordered professional golfer Patrick Reed to cover the legal fees of defendants he previously filed defamation suits against. While the lawsuits targeted various media entities and personalities, including Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee, they were discarded last September.

Florida Judge Cites Anti-SLAPP Statute

The ruling cited the anti-SLAPP statute of Florida law—devised to prevent legal actions used to pester critics—which supported the dismissal. Judge Timothy Corrigan elucidated that Reed’s litigation lacked substantial defamation claims and ostensibly were reactions to free speech protected commentary.

Reed’s Turbulent Transition from PGA Tour

The controversy unfolds in the broader narrative of rising tensions between the established PGA Tour and newcomer LIV Golf. Reed, who departed from the PGA Tour for LIV Golf in June 2022, was notably the only player who sought legal action against his detractors, part of this high-stakes golfing drama following his move.

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  1. Samson Cournane

    January 7, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    high-stakes golfing drama.. nobody or business entity should be permitted to put another individual through misery because they were offended. Even though Brandel Chamblee could afford to defend himself, I believe based on where he lives and how he lives, he could comprehend the toll SLAPPs impose on ordinary people like me feel.

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