MILWAUKEE (WRN) - A Milwaukee area fashion store has settled a lawsuit it filed against Oprah Winfrey’s mother over $155,000 in unpaid bills. Attorneys agreed to keep the deal secret. But a co-owner of Valentina Incorporated tells the Journal Sentinel that Vernita Lee of Milwaukee will make a partial payment on her bill. A judge in Waukesha County will consider approving the settlement on December 7th. Valentina said Lee was supposed to pay $2,000 a month toward the $155,000 in bills she racked up since last July at its former store in Brookfield. When the suit was filed, Lee said she didn’t owe a penny. She claimed the store knew she had trouble managing debt, so it should not have granted the credit in the first place. The store settled a similar dispute a few years ago and promised not to grant Lee credit. Neither side admitted wrongdoing in the latest lawsuit. Valentina has since moved its store from Brookfield to downtown Milwaukee and changed its name to Falcon. The chain still has a Valentina store in the Milwaukee suburb of Mequon.
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