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December 22, 2014

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Gordon Ramsay embroiled in legal fight with business partner Rowen Seibel

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Gordon Ramsay mans the grill at the Grand Tasting of 2014 Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit on Friday, May 9, 2014, at Garden of the Gods in Caesars Palace.

2014 VUBBA: Grand Tasting at Caesars

The Grand Tasting of 2014 Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit on Friday, May 9, 2014, at Garden of the Gods in Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Against the backdrop of 2014 Vegas Uncork’d, a major legal fight has unfurled between feisty TV star chef Gordon Ramsay, who was brought to Las Vegas by Serendipity at Caesars Palace partner Rowen Seibel, over their Fat Cow restaurant in Los Angeles.

Rowen, who is partnered with Gordon in his three venues here (Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris and Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood) has filed a $10.8 million lawsuit over the L.A. comfort food burger joint saying Gordon shut it down and then reopened it under a different name — GR Roast — in the same space, thus cutting him out of his original $800,000 investment.

Plus, a Spanish restaurant, Vacas Gordas, in Florida had claimed trademark infringement. Plans for Gordon’s new restaurant with Rowen in Atlantic City and for a fish-and-chips shop in the Linq have for the moment slowed.

Rowen, who also is a partner in three Serendipity restaurants, meantime is moving forward with the launch of “Iron Chef” Morimoto’s new restaurant planned for the Mirage early next year in the space formerly occupied by Japonais.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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