Gina Paulucci Contests Father's Lawsuit as 'Vindictive and Retaliatory'

Aug 30, 2005, 01:00 ET from Walling, Berg & Debele, P.A.

    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.

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