Tiger Woods suit against yacht maker goes forward

MIAMI, WASHINGTON – A federal court in Miami has ruled that golfer Tiger Woods’ lawsuit against Christensen Shipyards, Ltd. will proceed and an order enjoining Christensen from the unauthorized use of Woods’ name or photographs of his boat will remain in place, Woods’ attorneys reported in a release yesterday.

The suit, filed last October in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleges the luxury yacht manufacturer, based in Vancouver, Wash., improperly used Mr. Woods’ name, his wife’s name, and photographs of a yacht built for Woods in connection with the advertising and marketing of Christensen’s products.

Woods also seeks injunctive relief from Christensen.

A preliminary injunction was filed last year prohibiting Christensen from using Woods’ name and photographs of the yacht to promote and advertise the company.

On Dec. 8, 2004, Christensen filed a motion asking the Court to dissolve the preliminary injunction and dismiss the case. However, last Friday a judge denied Christensen’s request, according to the release.

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