James White v Ritchie Sinclair (2010)

2010
SC-10-109226

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE

(Toronto Small Claims Court)
Judgment at Trial
James White
(c.o.b. White Distribution Ltd. Inc.)

v

Ritchie Sinclair

A October 25 2010 Claim for $25 000
for defamation and intentional interference with economic relations.

Status: A Jan 13 2011 Court Endorsement provided an opportunity for the plaintiff to add material from this action to his Superior court action against Sinclair, on or before June 1 2011. He did not act. This action presumed dismissed as re-litigation of the Superior Court action against Sinclair was reactivated in Oct 2012 after White filed new materials which triggered a second settlement conference on Nov 7 2012. In 2015 the matter came to trial and the Plaintiff received a $25K Judgment in his favour. No witnesses testified for either side other than the plaintiff and defendant. The plaintiff was represented by Brian Shiller and the defendant was self represented.

Maggie Hatfield v Donna Child and Artworld Inc. (2009)

2009

SC-09-087264-000

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE

(Toronto Small Claims Court)
Judgment at Trial
Maggie Hatfield
v
Donna Child and Artworld Inc. 
(c.o.b. as Artworld of Sherway)

 

A July 2009 Claim for $25 000 for misrepresentation and fraud
  • Plaintiff’s Claim
  • Statement of Defence
  • Judgment
  • Appeal
Plaintiff Exhibits

Status: Trial: Sept 1 2011, November 16 2011. February 23/24 2012, June 4 2012.

 

Ritchie Sinclair v Joseph Otavnik (2009)

 2009

 SC-09-000872782D

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE

(Toronto Small Claims Court)

 Dismissed
Ritchie Sinclair
(Morrisseau’s protégé)
Joseph Otavnik
(art retailer) 

A June 10 2009 Defendant’s Claim for $25 000 for defamation, harassment and vexatious litigation. 
  • Amended Defendant’s Claim (June 10 2009)
  • Statement of Defence (July 5 2009)
  • Judgment and Reasons (Jan 11 2011)
Status: On January 11 2011 Sinclair’s claim was dismissed at trial.

Joseph Otavnik v Garth Cole (2009)

2009

SC-09-08444000
 ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE
(Toronto Small Claims Court)
Dismissed at Trial
 Joseph Otavnik
v
Garth Cole

 

A June 8 2009 Claim for $10 000 for slander of title, defamation and injurious falsehood. 

Status:
On 8 April 2010, the morning before the trial, for $2, Otavnik settled his Claim against Mr. Cole’s co-defendants who were Ritchie Sinclair’s lawyer (in McLeod et al v Sinclair) and his lawyer’s wife  The Otavnik Claim against Cole was
dismissed at trial with costs awarded to Mr. Cole. These costs have never been paid.

Joseph Otavnik v Ritchie Sinclair (2008)

2008

SC-09-000872782

Ontario Superior Court of Justice

(Small Claims Court)
Dismissed at Trial
Joseph Otavnik
(art retailer)
 v
Ritchie Sinclair 
(Morrisseau’s protégé)
and 
Kinsman Robinson Galleries 
(Morrisseau‘s principal dealer)

 

A 22 December 2008 Claim for $10 000 for damage to property and negligence.

Status: On 27 April 2009 Kinsman Robinson Galleries agreed to remove all references to Sinclair from its website and in doing so settled with Otavnik. On January 11, 2011 Otavnik’s claim against Sinclair was dismissed at trial.

Sworn Transcripts of Sunny Kim and James White – Jan 11 2011

Joseph McLeod et al v Ritchie Sinclair (2008)

2008
 CV-08-00366828

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE

Abandoned Claim
Joseph McLeod (c.o.b. Maslak McLeod Gallery)
James White, White Distribution Limited, 
Donna Child, Artworld Inc. (c.o.b. Artworld of Sherway)
Sun Nam Kim (“Sunny Kim”), Gallery Sunami Inc. (c.o.b. Gallery Sunami), 
Jackie Bugera and Bugera Holdings Ltd.(c.o.b. Bearclaw Gallery) 
v
Ritchie Sinclair 
(Morrisseau’s protégé)

 

A 21 November 2008 Claim for $17 000 000 for defamation, intentional interference with economic relations, special damages for lost sales of Norval Morrisseau paintings, punitive damages and aggravated damages.

 

Status: On an Injunction Motion heard Dec 4 and Dec 8 2008 the Honourable Justice Lederer ruled that Morrisseau.com was to remain active on the internet in the public interest, albeit with a court ordered disclaimer for the interim. In January 2011, days before the case was to be officially declared abandoned by the Superior Court, James White reactivated the case. It appears, however, that White was acting alone. On April 17 2013 this action was finally dismissed as abandoned with costs ordered against the plaintiffs, which were never paid to the defendant.