Discovery process in Singh lawsuit turns hectic

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Attorneys for both sides in Vijay Singh’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour continue to collect depositions in what has turned out to be a hectic discovery process. In court filings released Monday, the Tour revealed the extent of Singh's continued efforts to depose pertinent figures and his various affiliations with deer-antler spray.

According to attorneys for the Tour, Singh’s lawyers have already deposed 11 witnesses, including six Tour representatives, executives from the World Anti-Doping Agency and Mark Calcavecchia, who also used the deer-antler spray that prompted Singh’s suspension, its subsequent withdrawal and this lawsuit, filed in May 2013.

New York County Supreme Court justice Eileen Bransten originally ruled that depositions for the case should be completed by May 30.

The Tour, however, claims that Singh still plans to depose Todd Harman, president of Cleveland Golf, Dr. Anthony Butch, the director of the UCLA lab which tested Singh’s urine sample for deer-antler spray, and as many as nine Champions Tour players. 

According to a memo sent by Tour attorney Anthony Dreyer to the court, documents that the circuit provided Singh on July 11, 2014, identified four Champions Tour players having “affiliations with S.W.A.T.S (the company that provided the deer-antler spray to Singh)” and the “other five golfers’ affiliations with S.W.A.T.S. were made known . . .” on Oct. 27, 2014.

Attorneys for Singh have already taken statements from Rodney McDonald, a vice president with Cleveland Golf, and Richard Young, who helped write the WADA anti-doping code and assisted with the creation of the Tour’s policy.

The Tour will request a protective order to deter any further depositions, writing “there is no explanation – and Singh has provided none – for his failure to timely notice these witnesses’ depositions, or to seek an extension.”

The Tour does not comment on ongoing litigation.