Tech mogul Tony Hsieh left no will, but more than $90 million hangs in the balance.
Following his death last November at 46, the litigation continues, and last Wednesday, attorneys for Hsieh’s assistant filed multiple claims on her behalf.
Jennifer “Mimi” Pham is seeking $93 million worth of creditor’s claims in his probate case.
Richard and Andrew Hsieh, Tony’s relatives and administrators of his estate, are handling Hsieh’s affairs.
According to court papers, Pham had been Tony Hsieh’s “assistant, right hand person, and friend for the seventeen years preceding his death.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported:
“Hsieh used her cellphone account for his main number and had cable and utility accounts in Pham’s name, and they listed the same address on their drivers’ licenses, the court filings state.”
The claims are related to contracts she had with Hsieh, with the biggest a $75 million claim that represents “anticipated profit” from Hsieh’s documentary-movie streaming service.
Hsieh, the former Zappos boss, died from injuries suffered in a Connecticut house fire.
Hsieh sold the Las Vegas-based online shoe seller Zappos to Amazon for more than $1 billion in 2009.
The streaming service in the court documents is called Documentary+. It was launched two months ago; Hsieh’s ownership stake in the project is redacted in Pham’s court papers.
Lawyers and other representatives on both sides have declined comment on the proceedings.
Pham filed lawsuits earlier this year, according to the Review-Journal, alleging agreements with Hsieh were ignored.
As to the most lucrative of the allegations, the streaming service, Pham claimed that Hsieh – expressing a desire to begin work in making documentary films – told Pham she would be the point person for certain management and administrative support services.