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Gordon Ramsay Lawsuit

Gordon Ramsay Lawsuit

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CANADASUPERIORCOURT(CivilDivision)PROVINCEOFQUEBECDISTRICTOFMONTREAL
500-17_071038-122
GORDONJAMES,RAMSAY,domiciledandresidingat
I
7SpencerPark,LondonSW182SXPlaintiff,
vs.
9226-7558QUEBECINC.,acorporation,havingitsheadofficeat
381,Avenue
Laurier,Montreal,QuebecH2V2K3andDANNYLAVY,domiciledandresidingat775
avo
deLexington,Westmount,QuebecH3Y1K9Defendants
MOTIONTOINSTITUTEPROCEEDINGS(Art.110C.C.P.)
InsupportofitsactionthePlaintiffrespectfullysubmitsasfollows:
SUMMARY
1.Mr.GordonJamesRamsay("Ramsay"),Plaintiffseeksdamagesfrom9226-7558QuebecInc.("9226")andMr.DannyLavy("Lavy"),Defendants,onaccountofDefendants'repudiationofaLicense
 
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Agreement(the"Agreement")enteredintoonJuly25,2011,fortheuseofPlaintiff'snameandlikenessinassociationwitharestaurantownedandoperatedbyDefendants,locatedat381AvenueLaurier(the"Restaurant").TheRestaurantformerlyknownastheLaurierGordonRamsayopenedonAugust9,2011;2.Inaddition,PlaintiffalsoseeksmoralandpunitivedamagesfromDefendantswithrespecttothefalseanddefamatorycommentsmadebyLavy,bothpersonallyandonbehalfof9226,regardingPlaintiffandhisroleintheRestaurant;3.Throughouttheparties'businessrelationship,Plaintiffperformedallofhisobligations.Furthermore,PlaintiffandhisteamprovidedadviceandassistanceaboveandbeyondthescopeoftheAgreement,onavoluntarybasis;4.OnoraboutFebruary15,2012,DefendantspubliclyannouncedthattheywereseveringtheirassociationwithPlaintiff.TheAgreementitself,however,hadbeenterminatedonFebruary11,2012asaresultofDefendants'repudiatorybreachofcontract;5.OnandaroundFebruary15,2012,DefendantsmadeunfoundedanduntruepubliccommentsaboutPlaintiffandhisroleinrunningtheRestaurant,andfurtherbreachedtheAgreementbyannouncingtheirallegedterminationoftheAgreementtothemedia;6.Defendant9226hasalsofailedtopayallfeesdueandowingtoPlaintiff;7.Further,Plaintiffisentitledtodamagesfortheunrealized
"LicenceFees"
(asthistermisdefinedintheAgreement)thatwouldhavebeenearnedatleastuntilAugust9,2016,butforDefendants'repudiatorybreachoftheAgreement;8.Asaresult,Defendants,
insolidium,
areboundtopaytoPlaintiffthefollowing:i.TheLicenceFeesdueandowingforthefourthcalendarquarterof2011,intheamountof$109,120.25,plusinterestthereonatarateof8percentperannumcalculatedfromJanuary30,2012;ii.TheLicenceFeesdueandowing,intheamountof$51,780.96,fortheperiodfromJanuary1,2012toFebruary11,2012,beingthedateonwhichtheAgreementwasterminated,followingitsrepudiatorybreachbyDefendants,plusinterestthereonatarateof8percentperannumcalculatedfromFebruary18,2012;iii.ThefutureLicenceFeeswhichwouldhavebeenpayablebutforDefendants'repudiatorybreachresultinginterminationofthe
 
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Agreement,intheamountof$2,023,156,fortheperiodfromFebruary12,2012,toAugust92016;iv.Theamountof$23,425.94representingthecostsincurredbyPlaintiffinvisitingandpromotingtheRestaurantattheopeninginAugust2011,plusinterestthereonatthelegalratecalculatedfromAugust9,2011;v.MoraldamagessufferedbyPlaintiff,intheamountof$250,000,forthedefamatorycommentsmadeagainsthimbyDefendantsinthemedia;vi.Punitivedamagesintheamountof$250,000,forthedefamatorycommentsmadeagainstPlaintiffinthemediabyDefendants,whichDefendantskneworwereawarewouldhaveaprejudicialimpactonPlaintiff'sreputation;andvii.ThelegalcostsincurredbyPlaintifftoenforceandprotecthisrightsundertheAgreement,pursuanttoclause7.1oftheAgreement,aswellasthelegalcostsincurredbyhimtoprotectandmitigatethedamagetohisreputation;9.Aswillbedemonstratedbelow,thecontractualrelationshipbetweenPlaintiffandDefendant9226aregovernedbyEnglishlaw,andanydisputebetweenthepartiesshallbesubmittedtoQuebecCourts,inthedistrictofMontreal;
A.
THEPARTIES
10.Plaintiff,Ramsay,isaworld-renownedchefresidinginLondon,England;11.Plaintiffhasopenedanumberofrestaurantsaroundtheworldbearinghisname;12.Hisfirstrestaurant,
RestaurantGordonRamsay,
wasawardedthemostprestigiousaccoladeintheculinaryworld,threeMichelinstarsandthePlaintiffisoneofonlyfourchefsintheUKtomaintainthreeMichelinstars;13.Plaintiffhasalsobecomeawell-knowninternationaltelevisionpersonality,starringintheUSrealityshows
Ramsay'sKitchenNightmares,Hell'sKitchen
andMasterchef
US.;
14.Furthermore,Plaintiffhaspublishedanumberofbooks,manyofwhichhavebecomebestsellersthroughouttheworld;

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