Return to the Golf Today Home Page All the latest golf news Coverage of all the worlds major tours For all your golfing needs Golf Course Directory Out on the course Golf related travel Whats going on, message board, links and more!
 
Worldwide Feature Articles
 
Top Stories
PGA: Stephen Ames coasts to six shot win
PGA: Tiger Woods ends difficult week with 75
Euro: Van de Velde ends 13 year victory wait
Stephen Ames vaults to World No. 27
Boost for the Philippine Open
Tiger Woods misses practice to be with father

Tiger Woods sues boat manufacturer

Tiger Woods is taking a swing at the builder of his luxury yacht "Privacy," accusing the shipyard of using his name and photograph for financial gain without permission.

Attorneys for Woods sued in federal court Oct. 29, claiming his contract with Christensen Shipyards, Ltd., barred the boat manufacturer from using the golfer to promote the company, but it did so anyway.

The lawsuit accuses Vancouver, Wash.-based Christensen Shipyards of starting a "widespread national campaign" using Woods' name and photos of the 155-foot yacht 'Privacy.' It also says the company used the golfer's name and the pictures in a display at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show last month.

The lawsuit claims more than $75,000 in damages for Woods because his privacy was violated. Because of Woods' celebrity and how much clout he carries in the advertising world, compensatory damages could reach $50 million.

"As its name implies, 'Privacy' was intended to be a private respite for Woods and his family to relax and escape the rigors of Woods' celebrity," the lawsuit said.

Woods wants a judge's order to stop Christensen and seeks a jury trial.

The company referred calls to an attorney, who did not immediately return a call Thursday.

Woods and Swedish model Elin Nordegren were married Oct. 5 at a luxury resort in Barbados and later set out on the Privacy, along with a crew.

The couple were briefly detained in Puerto Rico on Oct. 14 when the yacht entered San Juan's port without the required four-day notice. Woods was warned, but not fined, by the U.S. Coast Guard.

This years news archive | Email this page to a friend | Return to top of page