IMG Golf Settles Lawsuit Against Luke Donald’s Former Agent

IMG’s golf management division reached an agreement on a breach-of-contract lawsuit against former agent Jon Wagner, who left the company in April, according to court documents.

A docket entry on Aug. 8 in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court said a stipulated permanent injunction order had been granted in the case, with the contents sealed.

Wagner agreed to pay New York-based IMG an undisclosed sum to settle the suit, which was filed on July 6, according to a statement from IMG.

Neither Wagner nor Benjamin Cooke, his attorney, immediately returned telephone messages seeking comment.

As part of the settlement, the company said, Wagner, who had represented U.S. PGA Tour players Luke Donald, Sean O’Hair and Trevor Immelman while at IMG, agreed not to hire former IMG agents Jeff Stacy and Kevin Lynch for one year or sign any IMG golfers for two years. Stacy and Lynch left IMG soon after Wagner departed.

Wagner was co-managing director of IMG Golf’s North American business with Clarke Jones before leaving to form Milestone Sports Management in Cleveland, Ohio.

Donald, No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking behind Rory McIlroy, remains with IMG, while O’Hair and Immelman are no longer represented by the company.

“As we’ve proven here, we have and will continue to take all appropriate steps to protect our rights and assets and to ensure fair competition and a level playing field in the marketplace,” IMG spokesman Jim Gallagher said in a statement.

The case is IMG Worldwide Inc. v. Jon Wagner, CV-12-782092, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas.

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