31 Dec '13, 2am

Court sides with Nike against Oakley in McIlroy dispute

Court sides with Nike against Oakley in McIlroy dispute

Nike received an early Christmas present in its legal dispute with Oakley. On Dec. 18, Judge James Selna of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled in favor of the Beaverton, Ore.-based company. The 11-page decision effectively ended the case against Nike. Oakley had filed a five-count complaint against Nike and Rory McIlroy on Dec. 10, 2012, after the two-time major champion from Northern Ireland left Oakley and signed an endorsement contract with Nike. Oakley had maintained that it had the first right of refusal in re-signing McIlroy and that McIlroy and Nike violated that right. On Nov. 24, McIlroy and Oakley settled their dispute. The terms were not disclosed. "We are very pleased the proceedings against Rory have been resolved," Pat McIlvain, Oakley's vice president of global sports marketing, said in a statement. "We enjoyed an excellent ...

Full article: http://golfweek.com/news/2013/dec/30/nike-oakley-rory-mci...

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