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UK Court Rejects Bid to Dissolve Gordon Ramsay Empire

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It's time for yet another chapter in the twisted family drama that is Gordon Ramsay and his father-in-law Christopher Hutcheson. The Daily Mail reported last night that Hutcheson had filed a petition to "wind up" — or shut down — Ramsay's entire restaurant empire to recoup a debt Ramsay allegedly owed him after their last legal wrangling. But the Evening Standard is now reporting that the British High Court has thrown out the petition.

A lot of people have Ramsay on their shitlist, perhaps none more than Hutcheson after Ramsay defeated his father-in-law in court claiming he wrongly withdrew millions of dollars, hacked Ramsay's computer, bankrolled his mistress, and much more. The pair also reached a settlement agreement in an unfair dismissal case in which the Evening Standard reports, Ramsay was to pay Hutcheson £2 million ($3.2 million) — or Hutcheson's 30 percent stake in the company.

In filing this most recent petition, Hutcheson's lawyer claimed he was still owed £600,000 ($966,180) and explains to the Telegraph, "One of the reasons Mr Hutcheson has taken this drastic step of issuing a winding up order is that he understands that there's a serious investigation into the tax affairs of Gordon Ramsay Holdings."

A tax investigation? Well, a Ramsay source tells the Evening Standard that there is an investigation into an issue that "arose under previous management" (presumably "previous management" means Hutcheson himself). The source also defends Gordon Ramsay Holdings to the paper, saying, "The winding up petition was published maliciously and in contravention of the court rules which amounts to an abuse of process. The issue between the parties was never about GRH's solvency. The court has been satisfied and the petition has now been dismissed."

So now that's settled, on to the next lawsuit?

· Now Ramsay's father-in-law tries to shut down his global empire [Daily Mail]
· Gordon Ramsay father-in-law's bid to shut down restaurant empire thrown out of court [Evening Standard]
· Taxman investigates Gordon Ramsay's restaurant business [The Telegraph]
· All Gordon Ramsay Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Hutcheson and Ramsay [Photo: NYP]

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