Augusta National sues to stop auction of green jackets

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By:Associated Press
August 15, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) -- A lawsuit seeks to stop an online auction of the famed green jackets associated with the Masters golf tournament held at Augusta National Golf Club.

The lawsuit filed Monday by Augusta National Inc. asks a judge to stop Florida-based Green Jacket Auctions Inc. from selling a champion's green jacket and two member green jackets. The jackets are listed in an online auction ending Saturday on the company's website.

Augusta National says it owns the jackets, which are supposed to stay on the golf club's grounds, and that Green Jacket Auctions doesn't have the right to possess or sell them.

Ryan Carey, co-owner of Green Jacket Auctions, said in an email that they dispute Augusta National's ownership claims and will litigate if necessary.