While most of what transpired last Tuesday in New York Supreme Court was procedural, the discovery process, which has taken up the majority of Bransten’s time since Singh filed the lawsuit in early 2013 following his violation of the Tour’s anti-doping policy and the eventual dismissal of the charges, is on track to be completed by the middle of next year.
Bransten ruled that “document production” will be completed by the end of October and that the next status conference will be held in February.
Wednesday’s order was the first filing since June, when Bransten ruled on Singh’s “motion to compel” the Tour to produce various documents, including “documents and information concerning the PGA Tour’s treatment of other golfers who were suspected of using substances banned” by the circuit’s anti-doping program.
Bransten’s piecemeal ruling on Singh’s motion to compel was mixed and there had been speculation that the 34-time PGA Tour winner would settle the lawsuit, which stemmed from his admission in a 2013 Sports Illustrated article that he had used deer-antler spray, which contained a substance banned by the Tour’s performance enhancing drug policy (IGF-1).
This week’s filing, however, suggests the legal wrangling will continue and the discovery process is scheduled to continue through next year. Bransten ruled last March that the lawsuit could go to trial in August 2015.