Monday, April 30, 2012

Tamarack Golf and Ski Resort's Sad Collapse Continues

 photo credit: Tamarack Resort, LLC

A new chapter in the story of the once-promising Tamarack ski and golf resort was written on Friday, but not on the golf course or the ski slopes. After the resort filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008, locals were hopeful that a white knight would rescue the floundering resort. Enter Matthew D. Hutcheson. The only catch? Mr. Hutcheson was indicted on April 10, 2012 by a federal grand jury in Boise on 17 counts of wire fraud and 14 counts of theft from an employee pension benefit plan. Oops.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Duties for Golf Club Directors Highlighted by Illinois Lawsuit

If you serve as a director on your golf club's board of directors, a recently-filed Illinois lawsuit demonstrates why you should take the obligation seriously. The Evanston Sun Times is reporting that a lawsuit has been filed against the president of the Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Association, the organization tasked with oversight of the Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course. 

According to the article, two directors of the association - John C. Richards and Gerald T. Murphy - filed a complaint against John Losasso, president of the association, and the association itself alleging breach of fiduciary duty. In essence the plaintiffs allege two things. First, that Losasso engaged in self-dealing by directing a no-bid contract for the renovation and relocation of the course's pro shop to a firm controlled by his daughter and son-in-law. Second, the plaintiffs contend that Losasso failed to follow certain provisions in the association's bylaws relating both to notice, removal of directors, and quorom. Losasso denies any wrongdoing. 

Why you should care after the jump.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Calloway and Titleist Settle Golf Ball Fight

Several media outlets are reporting that Acushnet (parent company of Titleist) and Calloway have finally settled a longstanding patent infringement dispute. The dispute dates back six years to when Acushnet filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a re-examination of four golf ball patents held by Callaway. Achusnet alleged that some of Callaway's 3-piece golf balls infringed on patents held by the company for its ProV1 line of golf balls.

Callaway disagreed and filed suit in federal court, lost, and then took an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Simultaneously, Achusnet prevailed in its claim before the USPTO.

The terms of the settlement remain confidential, but according to PRNewsire, no money changed hands. The settlement brings an end to the fight between the two popular golf ball manufacturers.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Snow Golf?

 (c) Alpine Meadows

After the Masters, thoughts of cold and snow tend to disappear quickly. Even for diehard skiers, the golf course starts to look a lot more attractive than the ski slopes. But now it looks like there may be no need to choose. Our friends at FirstTracksOnline are reporting about an interesting event happening at Alpine Meadows, CA this Saturday - snow golf.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Overtime Pay for Golf? SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments

Yesterday the US Supreme Court held oral arguments in the case of Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., a case in which the issue before the court was whether pharmaceutical salesmen fall under the “outside salesman” exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act - a pretty dry issue and one that would have had little connection to the world of golf if not for an amusing question posed by Justice Ginsberg.