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MORTON, HARD ROCK CAFE PARTNERS FILE THIRD SUIT AGAINST PLANET HOLLYWOOD

MORTON, HARD ROCK CAFE PARTNERS FILE THIRD SUIT AGAINST PLANET HOLLYWOOD
 LOS ANGELES, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter Morton and investors owning the Chicago Hard Rock Cafe filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the owners of Planet Hollywood in Chicago, seeking damages and injunctive relief for illegally copying Hard Rock's entertainment and music theme restaurants in a planned Planet Hollywood Cafe in Chicago.
 The suit, filed on Tuesday, June 16, 1992 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, sets forth new charges of infringing on and diluting trademarks, stealing trade secrets, and engaging in unfair competition.
 Morton and affiliated investors earlier this year sued Planet Hollywood, the Rank Organization, PLC, a British corporation which owns the rights to Hard Rock Cafes in the Eastern United States and Europe, and others for allegedly conspiring to coerce the Morton group into selling their Hard Rock interests at below-market prices. That suit, filed under the anti-trust laws, asked for damages of more than $1 billion. Thereafter, Morton and affiliated investors sued Planet Hollywood and their California partners and sought over $200 million in damages and injunctive relief for illegally copying Hard Rock's entertainment and music theme restaurant in a planned Planet Hollywood Cafe in Orange County, Calif.
 As was the case in the two earlier complaints, the present suit names Robert Earl, a Rank officer, and CEO of both Rank's Hard Rock organization and Planet Hollywood; Keith Barish, chairman of the board of Planet Hollywood; and the present complaint also names John Hughes. All three are identified as officers and part owners of Planet Hollywood Illinois operations.
 Morton alleges that Planet Hollywood has infringed upon the trademarked distinctive features of the Hard Rock Cafes. This suit also alleges that various operating strategies, practices and trade secrets have been "fraudulently and in bad faith, maliciously and oppressively," misappropriated by Planet Hollywood.
 In addition, this suit seeks to have the Planet Hollywood entities enjoined from building or operating a Planet Hollywood Cafe in the Morton territory, in any states west of the Mississippi.
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 /CONTACT: Jeremy Weithas of Kekst and Company, 212-593-2655, for Hard Rock Cafe/ CO: Hard Rock Cafe; Planet Hollywood ST: California IN: LEI SU:


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