After a number of defeats in its litigious battle against the PGA Tour, LIV Golf has earned a win.
Last month a federal magistrate judge ruled that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and its governor can be deposed and must produce documents in the ongoing antitrust lawsuit and countersuit between the tour and LIV. However, earlier this week Judge Beth Labson Freeman ruled the motion has been stayed pending further investigation.
According to Freeman, there are “a number of thorny issues, including application of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act”.
The PGA Tour has argued LIV is the end result of a plan to take over professional golf as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. The PIF is the primary backer of LIV and LIV has countered that the PIF was a “mere investor”.
LIV Golf is hosting its second event of its sophomore season this weekend in Arizona.