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Judge Rules Vijay Singh Can Move Forward With Doping Lawsuit Against PGA Tour

Singh filed his suit against the Tour in May alleging public humiliation and ridicule
Golfer Vijay Singh will "get his day in court" after New York Supreme Court Judge Eileen Bransten "dismissed five of seven causes of action: three alleging negligence by the PGA Tour, one on breach of fiduciary duty and one regarding intentional infliction of emotional distress," according to Alex Miceli of GOLFWEEK. Bransten ruled "against the Tour in the remaining two causes of action: breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing as well as conversion." Singh "filed suit against the Tour on May 8, alleging 'public humiliation and ridicule' during the Tour's three-month investigation over his use of deer-antler spray, which contained IGF-1, a banned substance." In denying the Tour’s "claim in the two causes of action, Bransten put into doubt provisions of the PGA Tour membership-renewal form signed by the players annually" (GOLFWEEK.com, 2/18). In Jacksonville, Garry Smits notes the Tour "never released Singh’s suspension to the public, and exonerated him before it was known he was suspended" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 2/19). SI legal analyst Michael McCann said that Singh’s advancing case will "hinge on whether Singh can prove that he was treated differently from other golfers who fell under the jurisdiction of the Tour’s Anti-Doping Program" (GOLF.com, 2/18).
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