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Unreasonable Lawsuit against the Wrong Party

2023-01-19 23:38:46.054387+01 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Attorney and Clients Sanctioned $2.5mm For Pursuing Objectively Unreasonable Lawsuit Against Wrong Party.

In 2011, a friend visiting Fletcher’s home noticed that the painting was signed “Pete Doige.” Fletcher's friend advised him that Peter Doig created the painting. Fletcher then endeavored to sell the painting. Thereafter, Fletcher contacted Bartlow to sell the painting on his behalf.

In September 2011, Bartlow contacted Doig “regarding the authentication of one of his early paintings done in Thunder Bay while in school.” One of Mr. Doig’s associates informed Bartlow that “Mr. Doig never lived/attended school in Thunder Bay, Ontario.” In October 2011, Bartlow emailed Gordon VeneKlasen, an employee at the Michael Werner gallery, which represents Doig, stating, among other things, “Robert Fletcher alleges to have purchased this painting from the same Peter Doig.” VeneKlasen responded: “Whatever this person alleges is untrue…the painting is NOT by Peter Doig. Anyone can see that.” Bartlow’s attempts to authenticate the painting continued into 2012 and even included communications directed to Doig’s father.

Peter Doig then went on to find the mother and sister of the deceased Pete Doige, and the lawsuit still continued. So good on the court for some smackdown here.

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