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Judge DQ's Heasley's 2016 White Marlin
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

United States District Court Judge, Richard D. Bennett issued an Memorandum Opinion today ruling against Philip Heasley in his claim to be declared the winner of the 2016 White Marlin Open.

The judge issued the following order:

For the reasons stated in the accompanying Memorandum Opinion, it is this 14th day of June, 2017, hereby ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiff White Marlin Open, Inc.(“WMO”) complied with its obligations under the 2016 White Marlin Open Tournament Rules and did not breach that contract;

2. Defendant Philip G. Heasley’s (“Heasley”) performance under the Tournament Rules contract was not excused;

3. Heasley failed to satisfy the Tournament Rules’ polygraph requirement and, therefore, failed to perform under that contract;

4. Heasley is not entitled to the $2,818,662.00 in Prize Money as a matter of law;

5. Even if plaintiff White Marlin Open, Inc. had breached its obligations under the 2016 Tournament Rules, Heasley would not be entitled to the prize money because the evidence presented at trial shows that Heasley and the crew of the Kallianassa violated the Tournament Rules by deploying fishing lines before 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the date they caught the 76.5 pound white marlin;

6. Judgment is ENTERED in favor of WMO on Heasley’s Counterclaims (ECF No. 95);

7. Counsel for the respective plaintiffs SHALL CONFER regarding matters which remain for this Court’s determination and SHALL SUBMIT a joint Status Report no later than Friday, June 23, 2017.


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