Sweetie Pie’s founder and reality star Robbie Montgomery (also known as Miss Robbie) has filed a lawsuit against her son for allegedly stealing money and misusing her trademarks to open competing restaurants.
The suit against James T. Norman was filed Tuesday in a Eastern District of Missouri federal court.
Documents claim Norman “had been misappropriating Plaintiff’s accounts and funds maintained in connection with his management of” Sweetie Pie’s.
Montgomery said she began noticing the issues last summer, alleging Norman withdrew “substantial sums of money” from the accounts and used them to open and operate restaurants in North Hollywood, California, Berkeley and Florissant.
Montgomery said those Sweetie Pie’s locations are not “authorized” and Norman is accused of violating the restaurant’s trademarks.
Montgomery is seeking an injunction that would prohibit Norman and two of his entities (Sweetie Pies Hollywood LLC and Sweetie Pies Kitchen LLC) from continuing to use Sweetie Pie’s trademarks.
She is also seeking monetary damages and has asked that the infringing domain names be transferred to Sweetie Pie’s or canceled.
Sweetie Pie’s is at the center of the OWN reality series “Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s,” which wrapped its sixth season in January.