Morrisseau-Related Court Cases: Table of Contents
We label as “loser” the party in a judicial proceeding which failed utterly to have the court declare a painting they called a fake Morrisseau, a worthless forgery. We label “triumphant” the parties which successfully defended the legitimacy of their paintings, either during a judicial proceeding or in front of a judge, thereby totally validating their paintings as genuine original Morrisseaus, and the forgery claims of their opponents as malicious, fraudulent, self-serving, without merit on any level, and lacking totally any and all independently verifiable proof to back up their allegations.
– 2001 -2013 – The Strange Tale of the Missing Court Cases
– Robinson & Vadas v Randy Potter, Bugera, Child, Kim, McLeod, White, Otavnik, etc…
Why?: Because they have known for 13 years their bogus claims could never pass the smell test in front of any judge. So they work through gullible proxies and get them to pay, and pay, and pay, even though they end up losing in every single case. They don’t really care if they win; their job is “art terrorism” to destabilize the art market to scare buyers away from buying Morrisseaus from their local art galleries.
1 – 2008 – The Conspiracy Theorists Lose Court Case Round #1
– Otavnik (triumphant) v Vadas & Morrisseau (losers)
2 – 2009 – The Conspiracy Theorists Lose Court Case Round #2
– Moniz (triumphant) v CTV Globemedia & “CT Proxy #2” Val Ross (losers)
3 – 2009 – The Conspiracy Theorists Utterly Shot Down in Court Case Round #3
– McLeod, Bugera, White, Child, Kim (triumphant) v Ritchie Sinclair (loser)
4 – 2009 – The Conspiracy Theorists Lose Court Case Round #4
– “CT Proxy #3” Browne (loser) v Bugera (triumphant)
5 – 2011 – The Conspiracy Theorists Lose Court Case Round #5
– Otavnik (triumphant) v Sinclair (loser)
6 – 2011 – The Conspiracy Theorists Lose Court Case Round #6
– Sinclair (loser) v Otavnik (triumphant)
7 – 2013 – The Conspiracy Theorists Lose Court Case Round #7
– “CT Proxy #4” Hatfield (Robinson, Sinclair) (loser) v Artworld (triumphant)
Judge Paul J Martial Part 4: on the Lawyer’s Case
9 – April 2013 – The Conspiracy Theorists Lose Court Case Round #8
– KRG, Donald Robinson, Paul Robinson (losers) v Ugo Matulic (triumphant)
10 – April 2013 – The Conspiracy Theorists Lose Court Case Round #9
– Sinclair (loser) v Otavnik (triumphant)
All Criminal Harassment Charges Dismissed by Judge Lacavera, after numerous ludicrous allegations made by Sinclair to Toronto Police, resulting in a trial that lasted over two years and some 23 different court appearances.
11 – 2013 – The Conspiracy Theorists Lose Court Case Round #10
– Goldi v Sinclair (pending)
To date 10 Motions, introduced by both Sinclair & Goldi, all awarded by 5 different judges to Goldi (10) & against Sinclair (0).
12 – 2013 – The CONSPIRACY THEORISTS LOSE THE MARTIAL APPEAL
– Hatfield (Sinclair & Robinson) (losers) v Artworld (triumphant)
In what can only be characterized as a truly shattering and disastrous Appeal before Madam Justice Mary Anne Sanderson, lawyer Jonathan Sommer was hugely rebuffed in claiming Judge Martial made 35 errors in law and he deserved a new trial. Replying brusquely, dramatically, and without a qualifier or caveat of any kind, within only 11 days, Sanderson dismissed all Sommer’s arguments, and the testimony and credibility of his witnesses, being in full and total agreement with Judge Martial’s finding that “Wheelof Life 1979″ is authentic, is authentically signed, and that he was right to “reject” the testimony, claims, and expert reports of Sinclair and Robinson, and rule as he did.
13 – 2014 – The Conspiracy Theorists Try Court Round #11
– “CT Proxy 5” Hearn v McLeod (pending)
We are absolutely confident another loss for the Conspiracy Theorists
14 – 2014 – The Conspiracy Theorists Try Court Round 12
– “CT Proxy 6 McDermott v McLeod (pending)
We are absolutely confident another loss for the Conspiracy Theorists
Summary: There have been thirteen (13) court cases (10 completed – 3 pending) dealing with the issue of supposed Morrisseau forgeries, from 2006 til 2013. Many of these cases featured Conspiracy Theorist Proxies – hapless, ignorant, gullible, trusting, neophyte art collectors who became the manipulated tools of Conspiracy Theorists.
The five completed court cases were ALL victories AGAINST the claims of the Conspiracy Theorists and their Proxies, that the paintings at issue, were forgeries.
Astonishingly, in two cases the Conspiracy Theorists actually begged for out-of-court settlements, resulting in them having to pay huge financial awards after forensic scientists ruled that the paintings they had defamed, were, in actual fact, with DNA certainty, authentically signed works by Norval Morrisseau.
More astonishingly the first case resulted the artist himself, Norval Morrisseau, having to pay a huge cash settlement for a false claim of forgery.
The second, even larger award went against the Globe and Mail and the false claims of their top Arts journalist.
In the other cases, all the allegations of forgery were massively overturned when three different top Canadian forensic scientists ruled the paintings in question and alleged to be fakes, were, in fact, authentically signed by Norval Morrisseau, and that no one else could have done so.
The forgery allegations in the Hatfield case, which last heard testimony in June 2012, has not even been dignified with a finding by the judge. It was to have been rendered on Sept. 25, 2012. As of March 2013, he has declined to even recognize the Plaintiff’s claim with a finding. The painting at issue has also been forensically authenticated as signed by Morrisseau.
The Hearn case, another attempt by the Conspiracy Theorists to get a neophyte art collector – Kevin Hearn of the Bare Naked Ladies – to become Proxy #5, and use his money to advance their bogus allegations, has stalled in the courts as the word is spreading that A Gigantic Hoax is underway, and Hearn is just the latest victim who will lose scores of thousands of dollars in a court case he can never, ever, hope to win.
The science, the facts, and history, is against him.
ASTONISHING BUT TRUE – Not in the 13 years, and counting, since Donald Robinson announced in the National Post, on May 18, 2001, that he had supposedly discovered thousands of Morrisseau forgeries, by umpteen forgers, has he, or any of his white business partners surrounding Norval’s wheelchair, ever taken a single forger or forgery to the police, or the courts… Ever…
And when they had the chance to lay their proof for forgers and forgeries out before a judge, they ran, like hell, for the exit… and paid people off, rather than facing a judge in court.
SHOCKING BUT TRUE – Not once, in the last 13 years of his life, did Norval Morrisseau, the man credited by all the white businessmen surrounding his wheelchair, with starting the Conspiracy Theory of “thousands of forgeries by umpteen forgers,” ever take a single forger, or forgery, person or business, to court for any reason whatsoever.
MORE SHOCKERS, BUT TRUE – The RCMP, after spending millions of dollars over several years, investigating the Robinson allegations of “thousands of forgeries by umpteen forgers” closed its investigation without charging a single person, or business, either with making forgeries, or for selling forgeries… end of story…
COMPARE – When Canadian master forger Richard McClintock (Glossary) tried to sell only two (2) forgeries in Montreal, he was immediately arrested, convicted, and sentenced by a judge.
MORE SHOCKING, BUT TRUE – Not once, in the 13 years since they “discovered” the thousands of forgeries by umpteen forgers, have Donald and Paul Robinson taken a single person to court, not for making forgeries, or for selling forgeries, even though they have publicly accused many decent people and reputable businesses of being involved…
UNBELIEVABLY SHOCKING BUT TRUE – DONALD & PAUL ROBINSON “SHOOTING THE MESSENGER” – After 13 years of never going after a single forger or forgery in the courts, the owners of the Kinsman Robinson Galleries of Toronto, have finally started to go to court, but only to launch vile SLAPP suits (Glossary) to “shoot” investigative journalists researching exactly what, and who, is behind the Conspiracy Theory of “thousands of forgeries, by umpteen forgers.”
Can anyone figure out why they would possibly do this…?
7 – 2013 – The Conspiracy Theorists Lose Court Case Round #6
– “CT Proxy #4” Hatfield v Child
After a five-day trial over two years, Deputy Judge Paul Martial was to announce his findings on Sep. 25, 2012, but refused to do so, on that date or in the five months and counting since. By not ruling he signaled that he refused to recognize the Plaintiff’s Claim that Artworld of Sherway had sold her a forgery. He further refused to rule that the painting “Wheel of Life 1979” is a fake, or indeed, damaged by the allegations which he refused to dignify with a reply. Under Court Rules he never needs to rule. So rendering the lawsuit and the reasons for launching it null and void.
It is his way of saying that “Wheel of Life 1979,” is an authentic Morrisseau and the Plaintiff’s claim fraudulent.
Update: Exactly as we predicted Judge Paul Martial finally rendered his judgment on March 25, 2013, dealing the worst blow in Canadian art history to the Principal Conspiracy Theorists Donald Robinson (and by extension to his Kinsman Robinson Galleries) and his longtime business associate Ritchie Sinclair.
Judge Martial repeatedly “rejected” their evidence, testimony, conclusions, and beliefs – worse yet, their so-called Morrisseau expertise – ruling that the painting they swore – on the stand, under oath, for goodness sake – was a fake, was clearly a genuine Morrisseau. And saying they Robinson was motivated by business reasons, to act as he did, to keep the prices of Morrisseaus that his Kinsman Robinson Galleries up, while denouncing as fakes, those of their business competitors, like Randy Potter.
Within days of Judge Martial’s ruling, KRG, Donald Robinson, and Paul Robinson yelled “uncle” and totally abandoned their MILLION DOLLAR SLAP SUIT, which they had launched alleging defamation, business losses, and libel against Ugo Matulic who had steadfastly refused to budge one iota from information he published on his website.
(Matulic had published a huge compilation of documentary material that backed up his allegation that what the Robinsons were claiming about “thousands of forgeries by umpteen forgers,” was utterly false and had not basis in fact, in this world or the next, and that they were just trying to manipulate the market, to make their own paintings more valuable, while saying damaging stuff to destabilize the market and assassinate the legitimacy of the paintings sold by their competitors.)
It marks a second truly awesome and stunning judicial defeat (within only a couple of weeks) to the Conspiracy Theorists and their self-serving claims about “thousands of forgeries by umpteen forgers” that they had been promoting since 2001, perpetrating the worst Hoax in Canadian history.
STUNNINGLY, AFTER 12 YEARS OF TRYING, THE CONSPIRACY THEORISTS – THE GROUP OF WHITE BUSINESSMEN THAT CLUSTERED AROUND NORVAL’S WHEELCHAIR DURING HIS DEMENTIA YEARS HAVE UTTERLY FAILED TO GET CANADIAN COURTS TO DECLARE EVEN ONE – A SINGLE MORRISSEAU – PAINTING A FORGERY. WHEN THEY SUPPOSEDLY HAD THEIR PICK OF THOUSANDS…
Why would anyone want to shoot the messenger…?
The SLAPP Suit
Bonus Feature: “The Case of the Missing Paintings”