Tamara Mellon wins legal battle

08 December 2009

tamara mellon

The lawsuit between Tamara Mellon and her mother has finally come to an end, after a legal battle that has been ongoing since 2008. The iconic shoe guru and founder of Jimmy Choo received £6 million from 70-year-old Ann Yeardye, a former Chanel model, after the two camps came to a settlement last week. The pair clashed after Mellon, who has made a staggering £100 million from her footwear empire, sold the shoe label to an investment group; but an accounting error meant some shares were mistakenly transferred to a family account run by Mrs Yeardye. Yeardye allegedly refused to return them, calling the claims that a mistake had been made 'erroneous' and launching a counter complaint against her daughter for fraud and breach of contract. Mellon admits the pair have never had a particularly amicable relationship, telling a US magazine, 'My mother and I never got along, not even when I was a child. She wanted to be me, I think, which seems terribly sad.' The lawsuit in the Royal Court of Justice in Jersey was abandoned last week after Mrs Yeardye conceded the case, with both sides paying their costs. Lawyers for Mrs Yeardye said it was agreed ‘amicably’. [Stylelist]


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