Reed $750m lawsuit dismissed in Florida

Ronan MacNamara
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Patrick Reed (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Patrick Reed has had his $750 million defamation lawsuit against Brandel Chamblee dismissed by a Federal judge in Florida.

US district judge Timothy J. Corrigan has given Reed until December 16th to file an amended complaint while the defendants have until January 13th to respond.

Reed’s lawyers complained that Chamblee and the Golf Channel had conspired with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to defame the golfer since he was 23 years old.

“Mr. Reed is pleased that the Court sustained diversity jurisdiction and set a deadline for the Defendants to respond to our soon to be filed amended complaint, which will add yet more defamatory statements that were published after the initial complaint was filed,” Reed’s attorney, Larry Klayman, said in a statement. “The order deals with the form of our pleading, which is easily addressed, not the substance of the allegations, which are strong. Mr. Reed and other LIV players have been maliciously defamed, and this case is designed to put an end to this, once and for all.”

Corrigan ruled that Reed “fails to give Defendants notice of the grounds upon which each claim rests because Reed alleges 120 factual allegations, then proceeds to incorporate all 120 allegations into each and every count.”

“Reed attempts to allege various defamation and civil conspiracy violations against each Defendant; causes of action which require vastly different factual allegations,” Corrigan wrote. “The Court is dismissing Reed’s Complaint without prejudice. In his amended complaint, Reed is instructed to incorporate into each count only the factual allegations that are relevant to the respective causes of action.”

The 2018 Masters champion believes Chamblee and co tried to spread hate towards him and destroy his reputation.

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