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'Shark Tank'

vs. 'Shark Tour'

Allegations Of Sabotage

7/26/2013 11:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Daymond John and Robert Herjavec, two of the money guys from “Shark Tank” are at the center of a massive $50 million lawsuit ... involving a pissed off "shark" wrangler, TMZ has learned.

A Personal Injury lawyer in Florida – Bobbie Celler – claims he hired John and Herjavec as experts to speak at an upcoming event called the "Shark Tour" -- an expo for people trying to start their own businesses.

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In his lawsuit, Celler says John and Herjavec pulled out of the event just one month after they signed contracts to appear. -- and Celler says he smells something fishy.

According to the suit, filed in Florida, BC is convinced Daymond and Robert were coerced to withdraw because of “internal pressure” from Sony Pictures Television, one of the companies that produces “Shark Tank.”

Celler -- who says he's in the process of securing a trademark for Shark Tour -- suggests Sony meddled with the deal because it doesn't want anyone to think the Shark Tour is in any way affiliated with "Shark Tank."

Celler is NOT suing Daymond or Robert -- instead, he's going after Sony for tortious interference with a business relationship ... and he wants $50 mil to make things right.

We've reached out to the sharks for comment -- along with Sony -- so far, no one's talking.

15 COMMENTS

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1.

Sid    

Sounds fair.

424 days ago
2.

mrharrybawls2012    

I have an idea for the Shark Tank. Its an actual tank full of sharks that you get to throw celebrities into. Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Kris and Bruce Jenner, Beyonce and Jay-Z are all on the list.

424 days ago
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thisiswhatihavetosay    

can I get 50 mill for the seconds wasted reading this lame article?

424 days ago
4.

I'm A Lawyer    

"A Personal Injury lawyer " says it all.

424 days ago
5.

Cheekymonkey    

Shark Week!

424 days ago
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Lisa    

You name your seminar "shark tour" and you hire two of the judges from shark tank...Mmmm, me think Sony has a point and you are piggybacking on their show. In fact, Sony can counter-sue and it is more likely they will win.

424 days ago
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Ace    

Sounds like a sharknado is brewing.

424 days ago
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Barb    

What difference does it make why they pulled out? Move on. If it's such a great tour, find other experts. The guys are under contract to Sony, probably, so that would give Sony some say in the matter.

423 days ago
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Barb    

If these two "sharks" were so brilliant as businessmen, why wouldn't they have run this tour appearance offer by Sony management or Sony's lawyers first?

423 days ago
10.

john    

the shark tour trademark will be rejected cause it has signs of confusing the consumer.

423 days ago

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