But what a very strange thing to sue about:
His contract with Phaidon is, he claims, a restraint of trade because it seeks to ban him from working on other projects with different publishers. The owner of the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea says he made two agreements with Phaidon in 2009 for books provisionally called The More You Like Art The More Art You Like and Questions by Charles Saatchi.
According to the writ, a section of the agreement prevents him from preparing, editing or licensing any work which forms part of the two books, or which might compete with the titles, for the life of the agreement. A judge is due to decide whether this amounts to an unreasonable restraint of trade.
That\’s boilerplate, standard part of any publishing contract.
The specific terms might vary, there\’s a lot of possible differences in how wide or narrow the \”you can\’t publish a competing title with someone else\” might be, but the basic idea turns up in every contract.