Shipbuilder ordered to stop invoking Tiger
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A judge has ordered a shipbuilder to stop using Tiger Woods' name and a photograph of his yacht for financial gain.
The golfer's lawyers sued in federal court Oct. 29, contending his contract barred the boat manufacturer from using Woods to promote the company, but it did so anyway.
U.S. District Judge William Zloch said Christensen Shipyards agreed to a preliminary injunction stopping it from disclosing information about the 155-foot yacht and using or displaying Woods' name and likeness for any purpose.
Lawyers for both parties didn't immediately return a call Friday. A hearing is set for Monday.
Woods lawsuit accuses the Vancouver, Wash., shipyard of starting a "widespread national campaign" using his name and photos of the yacht. It also says the company used the golfer's name and the pictures in a display at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show last month.
The lawsuit claims more than $75,000 in damages for Woods, citing privacy violation. Compensatory damages could reach $50 million because of Woods' celebrity, the lawsuit claims.
Woods married Swedish model Elin Nordegren on Oct. 5 at a Barbados resort, and they later set out on the Privacy with a crew. The couple was briefly detained in Puerto Rico on Oct. 14 when the yacht entered San Juan without the required four-day notice. Woods was warned, but not fined, by the U.S. Coast Guard.
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