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Gordon Ramsay sued for millions by business partner and landlord of Fat Cow

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 09: Television personality and chef Gordon Ramsay cooks at his Gordon Ramsay BurGR booth at Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit's Grand Tasting event at Caesars Palace on May 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The water is boiling again for cooking star, Gordon Ramsay. He closed the restaurant “Fat Cow” Gordon’s partner, as well as the landlord of the establishment sues him.

The Fat Cow isn’t making the money, as it should for Gordon, so he felt he had no other recourse than to lock the doors at the end of March. Of course, Gordon denies that the closing has anything to do with him, or the way he runs a business. He told TMZ in a statement, "It's the unfortunate, but inevitable normal procedure resulting from Rowen Seibel's gross mismanagement of the restaurant and diversion of funds from the business that lead to a string of financial and legal issues."

Gordon’s former business partner, Rowen Seibel has accused Gordon of extorting $80,000 of the initial investment. He alleges that the money was supposed to be used to train the employees and to help open the business. Their 50/50 partnership changed. Rowen alleges that Gordon wanted to find a new name for the restaurant using their money.

The lawsuit filed against Gordon alleges that he failed to pay for the kitchenware which he apparently still owes $43,000. Rowan is suing Gordon for $10 million.

Much of their controversy started over the restaurant’s name. Apparently, there is another restaurant in Florida by the same name. The owner claims that only he can use the restaurant name Fat Cow. However, instead of fighting for the restaurant and its name, Gordon shut the place down.

No one is taking the responsibility for this matter, as it is a case of blame pushing. Rowan maintains Gordon was "deliberately mishandling a trademark problem.” He believes that Gordon did this with the intent of forcing him out. The accusations do not end there. He believes that Gordon "formed a new company with new partners and then secretly negotiated a deal with his Los Angeles landlord." In effect, he wants to start a new establishment called, GR Roast. He believes that GR Roast will be a part of Hell’s Kitchen.

Gordon is counter suing Rowan because he believes that Rowan "spectacularly mismanaged a trademark problem for their LA eatery The Fat Cow."

According to Viral Global News, Gordon issued this statement. "We're surprised that Mr. Seibel has the audacity to file this ridiculous suit when he and his team were responsible for the day to day running of The Fat Cow and spectacularly mismanaged it resulting in a string of financial and legal issues. Gordon Ramsay and his team immediately stepped in and tried to resolve these issues, but Seibel refused to engage in any meaningful conversations, rendering the restaurant unsustainable. Throughout, Ramsay was very forthcoming with Seibel that any future plan for another restaurant partnership in Los Angeles was impossible due to Seibel's refusal to operate and fund the restaurant properly, sadly including Seibel diverting funds from the business."

The landlord of The Fat Cow is also suing Gordon. He maintains that Gordon neglected to pay his monthly lease of $61 thousand. The landlord is taking Gordon to court for $7 million.

Gordon has a history of being sued. The staff claim they weren't paid minimum wage and were forced to work without taking any breaks. Contractors and accountants claim Gordon never paid them either.

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