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Celebrity Chef Awarded $8 Million In Gulf Settlement

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  1. Mark Schleifstein, writer at NOLA.com has been following claims BP has since paid under what they believe to be excessive and fraudulent.

    Here's a copy of the court document I read:

    I haven't seen Claim xxx96 mentioned by name.

    1. From the court doc:
      Claim No. XXX96: Claimant, a corporate management entity, owns and operates eight
      restaurants, only two of which are located in the Gulf Coast Areas (three of its restaurants
      are in Las Vegas casinos and one in a Pennsylvania casino), and provides management
      services for certain other restaurants. Prior to 2010, Claimant did not have to pay
      licensing fees for its famous trademark. In 2009, however, Claimant entered into a
      license agreement with another company in the same corporate family, pursuant to which
      Claimant was required to pay licensing fees for use of the trademark beginning in 2010.
      Claimant paid $3 million in licensing fees in 2010—fees that it was not required to pay in
      2009—to another wholly-owned entity for use of the trademark. These fees, and the
      large fictional loss they created, are entirely unrelated to the Spill. Claimant also shut
      down one of its restaurants in May 2010, and made the decision to do so prior to the
      Spill. Claimant was awarded nearly $8.2 million.

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      1. re: HillJ

        Perhaps Emeril? I know he has a restaurant in a casino in Bethlehem, PA as well as restaurants in NO and LV. Also, didn't he sell his supermarket line of products to Martha Stewart?

        Just a guess.

        1. re: gaffk

          Emeril's name certainly has come up as one possibility. But once the fiasco over how the settlement is finalized passes, we'll probably hear real names thrown around soon after. The # of ridiculous and questionable payouts is pretty darn long.

            1. re: tcamp

              Hope he didn't spend the $$$$ yet.

            1. I don't know who it is but this is from BP so I am skeptical. I like Chef John Besh and sent a note to him (with a nice reply) about his new show on PBS. Then I saw that BP is a major sponsor of the show and stopped watching.

                1. re: hal2010

                  I just finished reading it. That state of the gulf announcement def. raised a few eyebrows for the story.

                2. Hey, why would anyone credit anything that bp has to say on this matter?

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                  1. re: pikawicca

                    Because not everything BP said is wrong. People have a tendency to jump on the bandwagon (good or bad). Let's take the Toyota's sudden unintentional acceleration as an example. There definitely were people faking it and try to make money:


                    1. re: pikawicca

                      Because people take advantage and lie and class action suits need to be watched over. Because paying out false claims is just as criminal.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        It's a lot of work to flesh out the fraudulent claims from the legitimate ones, and there is no shortage of rapacious attorneys representing both. BP has settled for a huge sum, and they must cringe as they observe how it is being distributed.

                        1. re: Veggo

                          Couldn't agree more. And this feeds into why cases like this go on forever and ever. Lawyers (love em/hate em) have the advantage of time (while earning) that most of us average Joe's don't. So, V, my cringing extends to the lawyers as much as the bastards who have nothing better to do than steal money they didn't lose. Legit claims, no issue.

                          The layers of representation starts to unravel...I don't know if Emeril's actually rec'd any of that money but he'll certainly be used as an example of abuse now.