Celebrity Chef Awarded $8 Million In Gulf Settlement
Who is this chef??:
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.
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.
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.
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.