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Jimmy Choo Founder Sues Her Mother for $10 Million

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We thought that the most vicious fights involving Jimmy Choo were at their sample sales, but yesterday Tamara Mellon, co-founder of the luxury shoe brand filed a civil complaint seeking $10 million in the California Superior Court against her socialite mother, Ann Yeardye. The complaint stems from the sale of the internationally successful business in 2004. According to the suit, Mellon received the majority of her share from the sale in the form of company stocks, while her mother, who she says never had an active role in the day-to-day running of the business, received hers in cash. The complaint alleges that half the stocks that were meant to go to Mellon, however, were mistakenly transferred to her mother instead. The Jimmy Choo founder says that she tried to resolve the dispute without litigation, asking her mother to place the misdirected stock in a trust for Mellon’s five year old daughter — a request, according to Mellon, that Yeardye refused. “The property in question was to help secure my daughter’s future, and I am baffled by my mother’s refusal to return assets which rightfully do not belong to her,” said Mellon in a statement released yesterday. “The action I have initiated today seems the only course available to me.”

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