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Dallas Restaurateurs Battle Over Rights To Celeb Chef's Name

Law360, Dallas (September 27, 2017, 8:16 PM EDT) -- As a Dallas restaurant ownership group on Wednesday asked a Texas appeals court to block a celebrity chef from using his own name and likeness to promote competing restaurants, the court questioned whether limits on the chef’s publicity equate to a noncompete agreement.

Restaurant group H2R Restaurant Holdings LLC is challenging a trial court’s determination that a publicity agreement through which chef Kent Rathbun signed over the rights to his name and likeness is effectively a covenant not to compete. A Dallas trial court in May held the name assignment limited Rathbun’s professional mobility and is subject to the state’s Covenants...

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