A judge has ordered V. Stiviano, former companion of Donald Sterling, to return $2.6 million in gifts and cash from the billionaire to his wife, Shelly.
Shelly Sterling took Stiviano to court, claiming that the younger woman seduced and hoodwinked her husband into giving her a luxury duplex, expensive cars and some $800,000 in cash.
Stiviano’s lawyer argued that the gifts were given when the Sterlings were separated, and the case should be dismissed.
The ruling is tentative. Stiviano’s lawyer says she plans to appeal the decision.
How common is such a ruling? Does it set any precedent in family law? What are the implications of the ruling?
Donald Schweitzer, certified family law lawyer and managing partner at the law firm Donald P Schweitzer in Pasadena