Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Being a celebrity certainly has its advantages, not the least of which is getting lots of free “stuff.” Manufacturers send celebrities products – all gratis – hoping that it will get their product additional publicity or name-recognition.
But Sean Connery seems to have taken this sense of entitlement to a new level in suing for breach of contract over a golf club membership. Apparently, he terminated his membership – which was given to him at a reduced price – and is now seeking damages for breach of contract. From what I see in the news reports, I’m having a hard time discerning why the club would agree to put such a damage provision into any contract it had with a celebrity. It is one thing to give a free or reduced price membership, and quite another to pay the celebrity if they quit the club! From the reports, Connery claims that his belonging to the club induced other members to join (and therefore, I suppose, the unjust enrichment).
“Connery is seeking more than $500,000 for breach of contract and more than $500,000 for "unjust enrichment" from the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks
The suit claims the golf club was aware of the actor's lucrative status as an "internationally renowned celebrity and famously avid golfer" when it invited him to join in 1990 at a special initiation fee of $35,000.
His celebrity boosted the club's value and attracted new members, the suit states.
In 2004, Connery terminated his membership. But according to the lawsuit, Connery's contract allowed him to collect 80 percent of the "going rate" of membership — more than $500,000 — which the club has refused to pay.”