A Ho Chi Minh City court announced that a former model has sued her mother for ownership of five villas in a south central coast province.
In a complaint filed with the court, Pham Thi Ngoc Thuy, 34, said she was seeking to reclaim her villas in the Sea View Residential Compound in Binh Thuan Province to prevent her mother from transferring ownership to another person.
According to the complaint, when Thuy bought the villas for hundreds of thousands of dollars, between 2007 and 2009.
Thuy claimed she asked her mother, Truong Thi Be, to register them to prevent her from having to travel back and forth from the United States to complete all the paperwork.
In September 2012, Thuy asked to have the villas transferred into her name but Be refused her daughter’s demand and claimed that the villas were part of property under dispute between Thuy and her Vietnamese American ex-husband Nguyen Duc An.
The VND288-billion (US$13.6 million) dispute has dragged on since they initiated divorce proceedings in 2008 -- in both Vietnam and the US.
Early this month, a California court re-iterated its 2011 mediation rulings and asked the couple to abide by it.
The mediation awarded Thuy five apartments in Ho Chi Minh City, worth a total of $2 million, as alimony from her ex-husband. She is to use the property to finance the rearing of their two daughters.
The court ordered their other properties in Vietnam to be managed by a trust that represents their children’s interests.
The California court also ordered An, 52, to pay his ex-wife's $60,000 legal fees, after noting that An had committed several inappropriate acts that violated both parties’ interests.
Last year, a Ho Chi Minh City court failed to mediate the US$13.6 million dispute.
An had sued for the property he purchased during their marriage.
The property was all registered in her name because Vietnamese law did not allow foreigners to purchase real estate during that time.
An had asked the HCMC court to take emergency measures to bar Thuy from leaving Vietnam until the case has been resolved, but the court refused An's request, noting that she had authorized another party to represent her in any and all proceedings.
An had claimed during a California hearing that Thuy was attempting to hide his assets by transferring them to her mother and others.