Massive Lawsuit Against RCGA

A G4G reader sent me this missive about a lawsuit between Laurel Oak Media, which published OG, a magazine I write a column for, and the RCGA. Interesting to see the note about “contending extortion.” All of this over Golf Canada?

The Royal Canadian Golf Association will be brought to trial April 10 over a lawsuit contending extortion on this part of one of its governors and breach of contract. The action was initially filed in 2000 by Laurel Oak Media, which formerly published the RCGA’s official magazine, Golf Canada. Estimated between $4 million and $5 million, the lawsuit claims, among other things, that the RCGA breached the terms of its contract with Laurel Oak during its term, and that the RCGA thereafter failed to abide by the contract’s renewal terms. These allegations have yet to be proven in a court of
law. One of the last remaining officers of the RCGA from that period,
executive director Stephen Ross, was released by the association’s board of directors one month prior to the court date. Laurel Oak is being represented by Louis Frapporti in the Hamilton office of Gowlings, one of Canada’s largest national law firms.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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