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Dec 12, 2013 10:48 AM

Celebrity Chef Awarded $8 Million In Gulf Settlement

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  1. Mark Schleifstein, writer at 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.

      5 Replies
      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.