HAVEN, Wis. — The legal wrangling over the recent announcement that Camilo Villegas plans to become a TaylorMade staff player and use Adidas footwear and accessories got more complicated on Monday. Cobra Golf is suing Villegas and TaylorMade to stop any additional announcements about the new relationship.
Acushnet, the parent company of Titleist and FootJoy, announced a similar suit again Villegas and TaylorMade on Thursday. (In March, Acushnet sold Cobra to Puma.) Both suits allege that TaylorMade interfered with the Colombian star's contracts with the companies. Villegas is currently under contract to use Cobra clubs, Titleist Pro V1 golf balls, and FootJoy shoes and gloves.
A copy of the media release issued by Cobra is below:
Carlsbad, California (August 9, 2010) — Cobra Golf Inc. announces that on August 5, 2010, the company filed a suit in the Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against TaylorMade-adidas Golf (TMaG) and PGA Tour Player Camilo Villegas. The preliminary injunction filed by Cobra Golf seeks to enjoin TMaG and Villegas from any additional announcements concerning future partnerships between the two parties.
Villegas, who is ranked 25th in the world, is contracted to play with Cobra golf clubs and for exclusive use of name and likeness in golf club products.
The suit alleges that TMaG interfered with Villegas’ agreement with Cobra Golf by issuing a press release on August 3, 2010 stating that Villegas will join the TMaG Golf Tour Staff, approximately five months prior to the expiration of Villegas' agreement with Cobra Golf. The company will also seek damages in addition to its claim for a preliminary injunction.
"Camilo is under contract to Cobra Golf until the end of 2010 and we object to a competitor announcing its intentions to work with Camilo during his contract term with Cobra Golf," said Bob Philion, President of Cobra-PUMA Golf. "This lawsuit aims to prevent TMaG and Camilo from making any additional statements about the relationship between the parties."
PUMA AG, the parent company of Cobra Golf, is not involved in the legal case.