Jimmy Choo Founder Sues Her Mother for $10 Million

01/24/2008 at 12:00 PM ET

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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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Daniela on

Yes, let’s give a small child 5 million dollars. That’ll solve your problems. This woman shouldn’t even be suing her mother at all, whether or not she had a share in the company. That’s her MOTHER. That’s disrespectful. This woman should just shut her mouth and be happy with the millions she still has.

yen on

I think she has a right to sue her mother or anyone,specially if it wasn´t meant for that person, and it transfered to her by mistake.

erica on

If the money was supopsed to go to the mother, then I would agree there should not be a lawsuit.

But, if the money accidentally went to the mother and it should not have, then it should go back to the daughter.

Now giving that money TO the grandaughter – there is nothing wrong with that. Don’t parents today still set money aside for their childs future, education and such? That moeny was for the childs future, not to go out and spend at matel.

“according to Mellon “The property in question was to help secure my daughter’s future”

Danielle on

Tamara Mellon has EVERY RIGHT to sue her mother. It is NOT disrespectful at all. That money does not belong to her mother Ann. Putting that money in a trust for her 5 year old daughter is a wonderful thing. Her mother needs give up that money! Mom is being disrespectful by basically stealing from her own daughter. Go Tamara!!!

Andrea on

Why would a mother NOT return something that rightfully belonged to her daughter (and her granddaughter through her)? It’s just ridiculous that Tamara has to take her mother to court to get her to do the right thing; what is wrong with that “socialite”? Shame on her.

Liz on

What the mother did was disrespectful to her daughter. She deserves to be sued.

erinn on

She has every right to sue her mother for screwing up where the money was suppossed to go. This is America, remember!

Beth on

Just because someone is a “mother” does not give them the right to do as they please or break the law. Now that is disrespectful. Doing what is right and just is the responsibility of the parent – set the example.

R on

If your mother took a large sum of money away from your child, wouldn’t you do the same thing? Get real. She has the right to sue anyone who took money that is not rightfully theirs!!!

Wendy on

I swear these Hollywood socialites are ridiculous. Is this lady not satisfied with the millions she already has? And I’m sure her daughter is already well set off for her future. This is just another example of how greed works its way into ones personal life when you have to sue your own mother. I hope she loses her lawsuit.

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