Report: Court sides with Nike in Oakley case


Oakley’s case against new Rory McIlroy sponsor Nike is officially over after the U.S. District Court ruled earlier this month in favor of the Swoosh. 

The legal battle stems from McIlroy’s signing of a mega-deal with Nike in December 2012. Oakley maintained that it had a right to first refusal in re-signing the former world No. 1 and that Nike violated that right. 

Following an out-of-court settlement on Nov. 24, there were still four counts pending against Nike – international interference with contractual relations; violation of a California code on unfair competition; breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealings; and declaratory relief.

The U.S. District Court in California dismissed the four remaining counts, according to a report by Golf Channel contributor/Golfweek senior writer Alex Miceli, leaving only the McIlroy-Horizon Sports Management case still to be heard in court (October 2014).