Tour files motion to dismiss caddie lawsuit

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The PGA Tour on Friday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of more than 80 Tour caddies earlier this year in California.

The lawsuit was filed in February in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and claims the Tour has engaged in restraint of trade and anticompetitive conduct involving the caddie bib. It further challenges the requirement that caddies wear bibs with sponsor’s names on them without any compensation.

The motion is scheduled to be argued on Oct. 29.

The Tour also filed a motion for certain exhibits to be filed under seal, including the Tour’s agreements with individual tournaments.

“Public disclosure of the Tournament Agreements would permit the Tour’s competitors to view proprietary and sensitive information as to how the Tour operates,” attorneys for the Tour wrote.

Last month, judge Vince Chhabria denied the Tour’s motion to change venues from the Northern District of California to Florida’s middle district.