Sandra Bullock's mechanic husband Jesse James is facing legal action from a fashion firm accusing him of fraud.
James, the owner of custom motorcycle firm West Coast Choppers, Inc., is alleged to have pulled out of a clothing deal with California-based Fortune Fashion Industries LLC at the last minute, which would have seen a collaborative line of garments named America's Brand sold through U.S. superstore Wal-Mart.
But, in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (06Nov08), Fortune Fashion bosses claim James turned his back on the joint deal, only to later rename the fashion range and launch it with Wal-Mart, reports
Furthermore, they allege James then poached one of Fortune Fashion's key employees to work on his clothes line, Jesse James Industrial Workwear - inspired by his rough-and-ready garage attire.
They have also accused him of breach of fiduciary duty, among other allegations, and are seeking damages "equal to 50 per cent of James' or his related entities' past and future net profit" from the Wal-Mart venture.