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
(art retailer)
v
Garth Cole
(Ritchie Sinclair’s roommate)

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. 

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.

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. 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 dismissed as abandoned with costs ordered against the plaintiffs.