Michael Morrisseau et al v Gabor Vadas (2010)

2010
 No. S104766

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Settled
Michael Morrisseau, Eugene Morrisseau, Christian Morrisseau, Victoria Kakegamic,
David Morrisseau, Pierre Roy Morrisseau, Lisa Anne Morrisseau
(Norval Morrisseau’s children)
v
Gabor Michael Vadas
(Executor, trustee and sole beneficiary of Norval Morrisseau’s estate)

 

A June 2010 Claim by Morrisseau’s children requesting that the court declare his will invalid and control the right to use Morrisseau’s name and images, as well as the right to reproduce his artworks.

Status: An undisclosed Settlement in January 2012.

(Allegations contained in these documents were not proven in court)
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Joseph Otavnik v Kinsman Robinson Galleries (2009)

 2009

 SC-09-9250300

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE

(Small Claims Court)

Settled
Joseph Otavnik

v
Kinsman Robinson Galleries (“KRG”)
A November 23 2009 Claim for $10 000 for contract, negligence and sale of goods.
(Allegations contained in these documents were not proven in court)
Status: On 22 April, 2010, Mr. Otavnik agreed that he had no valid claim against KRG and agreed to dismiss his lawsuit against KRG without any payment of any kind by KRG and that, as part of the settlement, Mr. Otavnik signed a release confirming that KRG’s settlement was not any sort of admission of liability. (Excerpt from a statement by the Kinsman Robinson Galleries)

Jonathan Browne v Jackie Bugera & Bugera Holdings (2009)

2009
 CV-09-00370363

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE

Settled
Jonathan Browne
v
Jackie Bugera and Bugera Holdings Ltd. 
(c.o.b. Bearclaw Gallery)

 

15 January 2009 Claim for Negligent Misrepresentation and Contract Recession
Status: An undisclosed settlement in the spring of 2009.
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 (Allegations contained in these documents were not proven in court)
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Related Media and Documents

Collectors sue gallery over disputed painting – (January 22 2009) Ottawa Citizen

(Article Excerpt) – So, where are the alleged fakes coming from? Various prominent figures in the Morrisseau art market accuse each other of involvement in the production of forgeries. Then, there are the seemingly wild accusations that organized crime is churning out Morrisseau fakes from “factories” in Thunder Bay, that these “artists” are being paid in illegal drugs and that money-laundering is involved.

Michael Moniz v CTV Globemedia Inc. (2007)

2007
 CV-07-1776 SR

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE
(Brampton) 

Settled
Michael Moniz
(art retailer)
  v 
CTV Globemedia Publishing Inc.
(Parent Corporation of the Globe & Mail)

 

 A 2007 Claim for defamation in a Globe & Mail article about Morrisseau fakes.

Status: On 10 March 2009 CTV Globemedia Publishing Inc. settled with Moniz for an undisclosed amount.

(Allegations contained in these documents were not proven in court)

  • Plaintiff’s Claim
  • Statement of Defence

Plaintiff Exhibits

Joseph Otavnik v Gabor Vadas (2007)

2007

 SC-07-51428

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE
(Toronto Small Claims Court)

Settled
Joseph Otavnik
(art retailer)
  v 
Gabor Michael Vadas
(Executor, trustee and sole beneficiary of Norval Morrisseau’s estate)

 

A 2007 Claim for for damage to property for $10 000.
Status: A 2006 email sent to Heffels disavowed paternity to purported Morrisseau art being offered for auction. This resulted in Mr. Otavnik suiing Norval Morrisseau along with his business manager, Gabor Vadas, for tainting the valuation of his paintings in having them removed from auction. In October 2007 Morrisseau and Vadas journeyed to Toronto to testify in this action and to meet with the R.C.M.P. who were launching an investigation into an alleged fraud being perpetrated on Morrisseau’s name and art. On December 4 2007 Norval Morrisseau passed away from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. On June 9 2008 Mr. Vadas, representing the Morrisseau Estate and himself, settled with Mr. Otavnik for $10 000 plus court costs in a publicly disclosed settlement.
(Allegations contained in these documents were not proven in court)

Plaintiff Exhibits