Oprah’s Mom Countersues Store For Its $156K Bill
Vernita Lee said the store took advantage of her.
Vernita Lee said she shouldn't have to pay because she shouldn't have been credited in the first place.
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2008 Updated at 1:25 PM CDT
Oprah Winfrey’s mother says she shouldn’t have to pay a nearly $156,000 debt to a high-end fashion store because store officials shouldn’t have extended credit to her.
Valentina Inc. alleges that Vernita Lee of Milwaukee racked up $155,547 in purchases and interest as of July 1. The company sued, saying Lee fell behind in minimum monthly payments of $2,000.
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Lee filed a counterclaim Friday contending that Valentina took advantage of her “lack of knowledge, ability, and-or capacity” when creating her credit account.
Court papers say Lee resolved a 2002 case with the company over a $175,000 bill. The resolution prohibited Valentina from extending further credit to her.
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