The owners of Callaway Golf Club and Auto Club in Westlake Village, Ill., filed a class action lawsuit on Monday alleging that they were discriminated against by the owners of the nearby Cadillac Fairview Club and by the owner of the neighboring Callaway Club and Spa.
The lawsuit filed by the plaintiffs in U.S. District Court in Chicago alleges that the owners and managers of Callaways golf and auto clubs and Callaway Auto Club were denied the opportunity to compete for customers by the Cadillac Fairviews and Callaways Auto Clubs, which respectively were located on the same lot in the same building.
The plaintiffs’ suit, filed in U., names the owners, the owners’ managers, the owner-manager of the Callaways Golf Club, and the owner and manager of the Cadillac fairview and Callbacks Auto Clubs as defendants.
The complaint also names Cadillac FairView Golf Club as the owner, and Cadillac FairTown Golf Club in Lakeview as the manager.
The Fairview Golf Club has been a longtime employer in the area.
In 2011, it was acquired by the family of the late Fred Hester, who owned and operated the golf course, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuits filed in the Chicago District Court allege that the Fairviews were denied “access to new customers and to current customers” because they were located closer to the Cadillac factory.
In a statement to The Washington Times, the Fairview said it was “deeply disappointed” by the lawsuit and would defend itself “in court.”
The lawsuit also alleges that a manager of Cadillac Fairports, who has since retired, was “forced to sell his home in Chicago because he did not have the money to pay the mortgage,” and that a company that operates the Cadillac dealership, Callaway Capital, “was forced to sell the Cadillac, as well.”
Callaway Capital is the largest company in the Callaway Group, the company that owns Callaway and Callaughters golf clubs, according.
The company said in a statement that it “had the opportunity, when purchasing the Callownas, to be competitive with the Calloway Golf Clubs and callaway.com, and we remain committed to doing so.
We are confident that we can provide our golf customers with a great experience, and a safe, reliable service, while maintaining our current location in the heart of Lakeview.”
The suit was filed in Chicago federal court by the Callbacks Golf Club.
Callaway’s attorney, Mark D. Linsley, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.