After Chow v. Chow, Will Las Olas See Philippe?
Stratis Morfogen,CEO of Philippe Chow, considers the verdict good fortune.
In the mixed verdict of Chow v. Chow last week, a jury awarded $1 million to Michael Chow of Mr. Chow in his claim against Philippe Chow yet cleared allegations against the restaurant group for 15 of
16 counts such as trademark infringement, unfair and deceptive trade
practices, and misappropriation of trade secrets for its Miami Beach and
Philippe Chow was ordered to pay $1 million for "false advertising" and "unfair competition by deceptive conduct."
The verdict was the result of a 2009 lawsuit in which Mr. Chow had sued Philippe Chow for $21 million, accusing Philippe Chow restaurants of stealing the name, recipes, and concept.
Former employee Philippe Chow moved from China to Hong Kong, then to New York by
1979, where he landed in the kitchen of Michael Chow. With a flagship
location in London and
another in New York, Mr. Chow was at times a stopover for A-listers. By 2005,
Philippe Chow left Mr. Chow to open his own place employing a similar formula.
Philippe riffed on the mellowest
Chinese standards -- won-ton soup, lobster spring rolls, and
Peking duck dressed them up -- and upcharged what the dishes would cost in most of Chinatown.
The satay we had written about in New Times' October review was one of the "key
matters in the suit," the recipe of which Michael Chow claims had been been stolen, along with
recipes for 11 other dishes, reports the New York Observer in "How Now,
"If Michael Chow owns Peking duck,
then my grandfather owns the Greek salad he brought here in 1905," CEO of Philippe Chow Stratis Morfogen told Clean Plate Charlie.
Philippe Chow countersued for $25 million for Michael Chow's defamation of Philippe Chow in a subsequent article in the Miami
Herald. His counterclaims were rejected by the jury.
Following the verdict, both
sides have declared victory in subsequent news releases. Philippe Chow restaurants have thrown parties throughout the week.
Morfogen frames the verdict in these terms: "I was tried for murder, and I got convicted of
jaywalking. And if Michael Chow wants to call that a victory, you know
what? The delusional world of Michael Chow continues," he told Clean Plate Charlie.
spokesperson from Philippe Chow confirms that a Philippe Chow location is
scheduled to open on Las Olas but could not yet confirm when.
Our calls to Mr. Chow's corporate offices have not been returned.
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