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Ramsay Sues Former Business Partner Over Kmart Line

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Shouty British chef Gordon Ramsay is suing his former business partner, Danny Lavy, in order to stop Lavy and his company Sensio from distributing Ramsay's "Everyday" line of kitchenware at Kmart stores in the United States. The Daily Mail reports that the case has its origins in 2009, when Ramsay kicked off the licensing deal with British-based company MPL, which then sub-licenced the North American rights to the Lavy's Canadian company Sensio.

This particular case hinges on a letter of intent both parties signed last year, which Lavy claims is a binding agreement. Ramsay, obviously, doesn't feel that way about it. What specifically does Ramsay want? "A clear ruling from the High Court that the letter signed with Lavy and Sensio is not a binding contract and that he has not broken any contracts with Sensio or MPL. Ramsay is also seeking costs and unspecified damages."

Some may recall that Lavy also owns Montreal's Laurier BBQ, which name-lending enthusiast Ramsay started consulting for in 2010. In February, though, he was booted from the whole thing on the grounds that he didn't add anything to the operation and never showed up. Unsurprisingly, Ramsay sued the restaurant for $2.75 million.

· Knives are out as Gordon Ramsay sues former business partner over kitchenware [Daily Mail]
· All Gordon Ramsay Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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