Brad Pitt lawyers ask for more time to serve amended lawsuit | KFI AM 640
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Lawyers for Brad Pitt are using the Hague Convention to serve a revised complaint on two Russian businessmen recently added as parties to his Chateau Miraval winery lawsuit against principal defendant, ex-wife Angelina Jolie.
In court documents filed Friday, attorneys for Pitt say lawyers for Nouvel LLC refused to accept service or provide the addresses of Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler and his longtime associate Alexey Oliynik, who were added as defendants when Pitt’s amended complaint was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. June 3.
Pitt’s lawyers say they believe Nouvel’s lawyers also represent Shefler and Oliynik, who live in Britain and Switzerland respectively.
Judge Lia Martin is due to hold a hearing Tuesday on a request from attorneys for Pitt, 58, for more time to serve the amended complaint.
The United States is a party to two international treaties regarding foreign service of process, one of which is the Hague Service Convention. Pitt’s lawyers say in court documents that Hague Convention lawsuit could take months
Jolie, 47, created Nouvel as a vehicle to hold shares of Chateau Miraval. Prior to her alleged sale of Nouvel to the Stoli Group in 2021, Jolie was the sole member of the company and owned 100% of its stake.
Pitt first sued Jolie on February 17, alleging that she had wrongfully sold her shares in the winery and estate to Shefler.
According to the lawsuit, the then-couple bought a majority stake in the southern French winery in 2008, envisioning the chateau “as a home to share with their children and the vineyard as a family business.” The couple married at the estate in 2014.
“The vineyard became Pitt’s passion – and a profitable business, as Miraval, under Pitt’s leadership, became a multi-million dollar international success…” the lawsuit states.
Jolie sold her shares without telling Pitt, denying him the consent right she owed him, according to the complaint.
“She sold her interests knowing and intending that Shefler and its affiliates would seek to control the business to which Pitt was dedicated and to undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval,” the lawsuit states.