Jonathan Sommer v John Goldi et al (2014)

2014

CV-14-498573
ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE
Active Claim
Jonathan Sommer
V

John Werner Goldi, Joan Catherine Goldi and Goldi Productions Ltd.

 

A February 2014 Superior Court Claim of $1,500,000 for defamation.


Status: Statement of Claim filed February 14 2014, served May 2014.

(Allegations contained in these documents have not been proven in court)

 

Ritchie Sinclair v John Goldi, Joan Goldi, Ugo Matulic (2013)

2013

CV-13-473208

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE

Active Claim

Ritchie Sinclair
V
John Werner Goldi, Joan Catherine Goldi and Ugo Matulic

 

A January 2013 Superior Court Claim of $1,300,000 for defamation.
Status: Statement of Claim filed January 31 2013, served May 2013. Amended Defence and counterclaim filed Sept 3 2013.
(Allegations contained in these documents have not been proven in court)
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Kevin Hearn v Joseph McLeod & Maslak McLeod Gallery (2012)

2012

CV-12-455650

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE

Active Claim
Kevin Hearn
V
Joseph Bertram McLeod
 and Maslak McLeod Gallery Inc.

 

An October 2012 Superior Court Claim of $95,000
 for fraudulent misrepresentation, loss of investment and punitive damages.

Status: Statement of Claim filed June 8 2012, J.Sommer for the Plaintiff under Simplified Procedure Rule 76. An Amended Statement of Claim was produced yet apparently not pursued to avoid further time delays. A Statement of Defence was filed on November 2012, Brian Shiller for the Defendant. Shiller reported to Sommer that Joseph McLeod passed away in August 2017. Trial began against the McLeod estate and Gallery on Oct 2-3 2017 with several intervenor motions heard. A Motion for Contempt was Heard on December 1st 2017. Motions for intervenor status were Heard on the morning of December 4th 2017. This trial began on December 4th 2017 through December 8th 2017 with the plaintiff’s evidence and continued on February 6 2018 through February 8th 2018 when the intervenor’s defence was presented. A Decision on the matter by Superior Court Judge E. M. Morgan is forthcoming.

(Allegations contained in these documents have not been proven in court)
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  • Plaintiff’s Claim (June 8 2012)
  • Statement of Defence (Nov 2012)
  • Intervenor Motion Decision (Heard on Oct-2-3 2017)
  • Motions to intervene brought by Allen Fleishman, Auction Network, 2439381 Ontario Inc., White Distribution Limited, and Nathaniel Big Canoe were Heard and Ruled upon on December 4 2017. Read the affidavit of Jim White, the affidavit of Nathaniel Big Canoe and the Notice of Motion.
  • On Friday December 1 2017 at Osgoode Hall in Toronto a Plaintiff’s Motion for Contempt against Ugo Matulic, John Goldi, Joan Goldi  and Joseph Otavnik was Heard before Justice Morgan. Aspects of this motion were adjourned until after the Trial however respondents were cautioned and ordered to refrain from certain actions involving expert witness, Dr. Robertson. Read the Decision of Justice E.M. Morgan.
  • On February  8th, 2018 Mr. Davies provided testimony about his verso signature comparison Report after being qualified as an Expert in handwriting analysis.

Exhibits:

  • Digital Image of the subject painting
  • Digital Image of the subject painting (verso)
  • Expert Report of Carmen Robertson
  • Affidavit of Kevin Hearn
  • Affidavit of Gabor Vadas
  • Affidavit of Tim Tait
  • Affidavit of Greg Hill
  • Affidavit of Gerald McMaster
  • Affidavit of Richard Baker
Further Evidence Filed in the Action

 

 

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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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.

Joseph McLeod et al v Ritchie Sinclair (2008)

2008
 CV-08-00366828

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE

Abandoned
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.

(Allegations contained in these documents have not been proven in court)

FIled Exhibits

 

 

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