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Tiger Woods' girlfriend removed from wrongful death lawsuit against his restaurant

Jack Baer
Yahoo Sports Contributor

Three months after Tiger Woods was removed as a defendant from a lawsuit targeting his restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, for a death allegedly caused by overserving alcohol to an employee, the golfer’s girlfriend is out as a defendant as well.

Erica Herman, the general manager of The Woods Jupiter and girlfriend of its namesake, was voluntarily removed as a defendant from the civil lawsuit last week, according to ESPN.

Woods had been previously removed from the lawsuit in June, leaving The Woods Jupiter as a defendant in the case. Woods’ attorney reportedly told ESPN that Woods is an investor in the restaurant, but does not own it outright.

Both Tiger Woods and his girlfriend and Erica Herman are no longer named in the wrongful death lawsuit. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The lawsuit against Tiger Woods’ restaurant

The lawsuit in question revolves around the drunk-driving death of Nicholas Immesberger, a bartender at the restaurant The 24-year-old Immesberger reportedly died with a blood alcohol content of .256 after losing control of his car on a Florida highway.

Immesberger had previously been drinking at The Woods Jupiter following a shift. His family later filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County saying that those who served Immesberger should be liable for his death.

Woods’ lawyers have defended the restaurant by claiming that the local medical examiner found that Immesberger was also high on marijuana during the accident, and that the bartender violated the restaurant’s policy by using his job to take alcohol without paying for it.

Woods and Herman were named as defendants when the lawsuit was originally filed due to a Florida law saying establishments that knowingly serve a person addicted to alcohol can be held liable for injury or damage caused by that person’s intoxication, and that one doesn’t need to be physically at the venue to be personally liable.

Now, Woods and Herman are personally off the lawsuit.

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