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Check, mate: According to TMZ, Gordon Ramsay, the shout-iest chef of them all, isn't going down without a fight. Earlier this year, Rowen Seibel — Ramsay's former business partner in the now-defunct LA-based The Fat Cow restaurant — sued the Scottish chef for a reported $10 million. As then reported, Seibel claimed that Ramsay "deliberately mishandled a trademark problem for their LA eatery The Fat Cow" and then "formed a new company with new partners and then secretly negotiated a deal with his Los Angeles landlord" to create a new restaurant in The Fat Cow's space. A new report suggests that Seibel's suit has dropped to $6 million. That's no matter: Ramsay has already countersued.

The Daily Mail notes that Ramsay's counter suit, for a reported $300,000, is meant to cover the cost of his legal fees. Ramsay claims that when he opened The Fat Cow with Seibel in 2012, the two agreed "to share the costs of any lawsuits that might arise over the lease." According to the terms of the original agreement, those costs may include part of the $6 million sum Seibel is seeking.

Gordon Ramsay's camp has not responded to a request for a statement. But now that Ramsay's business is back in the black, a $6 million lawsuit feels like mere pence — or perhaps just a bit more publicity.

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