Jury rules against Tiger Woods, orders him to pay $668,000
By John Strege
Tiger Woods does not like to lose, whatever the endeavor, and if money is involved, given his frugal tendencies, it can only compound his indignation. So consider him angry today.
Woods and his company, ETW Corp., came out on the losing end of a lawsuit filed against it by Gotta Have It Golf, Inc., a Miami memorabilia concern.
An all-female jury of six awarded Gotta Have it Golf $668,000, the Miami Herald reported today, though interest could push the sum to $1.3 million. Bruce Mathews, the owner of Gotta Have it Golf, also is attempting to recoup $1 million in attorneys' fees. ETW Corp. is expected to appeal the decision.
Mathews claimed in the suit "that Woods breached a 2001 licensing agreement by not providing a specified number of autographs and photographs," the Herald wrote.
Woods, under subpoena, had testified in the case for more than 45 minutes in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court on Monday.
"This has been a long time coming," one of Mathews' attorneys, Eric Isicoff, told the Herald. "The behavior of ETW Corporation has been reprehensible and we are very pleased with the jury's verdict."
Meanwhile, there are several Woods' items, some of them signed, available for purchase at gottahaveitgolf.com, including the display shown above, priced at $2,340.