MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Stung by questions about his activities in connection with a trust established for his daughter, Jeno Paulucci has lashed out with a lawsuit against her that accuses her of being incapacitated. Jeno Paulucci, the 87-year-old entrepreneur and multimillionaire filed a lawsuit in Seminole County Court, Florida which Gina Paulucci described as "vindictive and retaliatory." The 44-year-old Wayzata, Minnesota resident said she had raised routine questions regarding the handling of her trust fund. She questioned his insistence that she cooperate in the sale of property owned partially by her trust and partially outright by her. Rather than address her legitimate concerns, her father responded by accusing her of being under the "mind control" of her longtime partner Chuck Yeschke, 68, also of Wayzata. In a complaint served by her father, Jeno Paulucci, seeks damages of $15,000 against Gina for breaching her duties under the Trust and Mr. Yeschke for tortuous interference in the relationship between Gina and her father. The suit also seeks the appointment of a guardian for his daughter. She is, alleged in the lawsuit, to have the intent to violate the terms of an irrevocable trust. Speaking through one of her attorneys, Nancy Zalusky Berg, Gina Paulucci said she still loves her father and is concerned by this bizarre behavior. Her father's lawsuit came as a total shock and has saddened her deeply. She was even more surprised that he would have alerted the Florida media about such an embarrassing family dispute. She claims her 87-year-old father's legal action against her is retribution for questions she raised when she was asked to sell her 20 percent interest in another Paulucci company, ETOR. ETOR, based in Duluth, consists of the assets remaining after her father's sale of Jeno's Pizza to the Pillsbury Company in 1985. Ms. Paulucci contends that when she questioned the value of her interest and asked for a due diligence inspection of ETOR assets, her father became angry and accusatory. She believes her father's lawsuit regarding her trust is designed to punish her because she raised questions about the transaction he wanted her to execute.
SOURCE Walling, Berg & Debele, P.A.