Gotta Have It Golf, Inc. v. ETW Corp.
No. 03-19490 CA 20 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. May 14, 2014 and Aug. 18, 2016). The Firm represented a sports memorabilia distributor in extensive litigation with the corporate entities through which Tiger Woods and other professional golfers conduct their business affairs. The memorabilia distributor had a license agreement with Tiger Woods’ company, pursuant to which he was required to autograph a certain number of items per year. Midway through the term of that agreement, Woods stopped signing. The Firm brought claims for breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith and dealing and violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. The case proceeded to a jury trial. Following a seven-day trial, the jury found in favor of the Firm’s client on all claims, ultimately resulting in a judgment of over $1,200,000.00. That judgment later was affirmed by the Third District Court of Appeal.
Following that victory, the Firm moved for an award of attorneys’ fees and costs against Woods’ company. The trial court awarded more than $800,000.00. Woods appealed, but the Third District Court of Appeal affirmed the fee and cost award. In addition, the Third District Court of Appeal awarded the Firm’s client its appellate attorneys’ fees and costs, resulting in an additional $50,000.00 for the client.