For the last few weeks, Gilligan's Backpacker Drug and Alcohol Emporium has been advertising their New Year's Eve Gala. Selling tickets for their "Cirque du Soleil New Year's Eve Show"
The actually owners of the Cirque du Soleil, a Canadian company, unfortunately have taken issue with the fraudulent exploitation of their name and Intellectual Property. A notice ordering Gilligan's to Cease and Desist, as well a demand to pay substantial damages to the Cirque, has sent shockwaves through the management of Gilligan's and their owner.
Gilligan's is still owned by one Christian Ainsworth, youngest son of gambling machine tycoon billionaire Len Ainsworth. The younger Ainsworth just lost a major lawsuit brought by a former friend and restaurant vendor in the Gilligan's property. The lawsuit alleged that Ainsworth engaged in "bullying, intimidation, and standover tactics" and issued a threat to "break the legs" of the plaintiff.
Insiders at Gilligan's discovered an investigator inside the venue last night, photographing the Cirque du Soleil marketing and recording the MC welcoming customers to their "Cirque Night at Gilligan's".
This will likely cost Gilligan's a pile of bucks. Cirque doesn't tolerate abuse of their trademarks and has won similar suits around the world.
Prior to his last lawsuit, Ainsworth was recorded as telling the plaintiff "I've just read the letter from your solicitor. You're fucked. You're fucked, fucked. You're fucked."
It's unclear whether Ainsworth has called Cirque du Soleil and issued this same threat to them.
Another world-class businessman in Cairns.