Tom Petty’s Widow Sued By His Daughters In Escalating Legal Battle

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

Tom Petty’s widow is being sued by his two daughters over alleged misappropriation of the singer’s estate.

Petty’s daughters filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles claiming Dana York Petty and others of breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition and unjust enrichment, Billboard reported.

The new lawsuit accuses York Petty of creating a separate LLC in order to deprive the original LLC, Petty Unlimited, of assets.

Petty’s daughters, Adria and Annakim Petty, are requesting compensatory damages in excess of $5 million. As previously reported, Petty’s will allocated one-third of his assets to each woman, and they were expected to have equal control. (RELATED: Tom Petty’s Widow And His Daughters Can’t Come To An Agreement Over His Music)

“Tom Petty wanted his music and his legacy to be controlled equally by his daughters, Adria and Annakim, and his wife, Dana,” Petty Unlimited’s attorney Alex Weingarten said in a statement. “Dana has refused Tom’s express wishes and insisted instead upon misappropriating Tom’s life’s work for her own selfish interests. After countless efforts to resolve this matter amicably and out of court, we could no longer stand idly by and watch Dana disrespect Tom’s wishes, his music and his legacy.”

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"The Firebirds are out, so it’s gotta be ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream.’ That’s a classic shot of Mike and Tom during that song. The 2013 tour was a lot of fun, especially the two residencies the band did that summer at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Whether it was playing smaller, more intimate venues, or the simple fact that they got to set up camp and spend a few days getting familiar with one place, I don’t know, but those two runs seemed to bring out the best in Tom and the band. They really dug in and explored the catalog, playing some deep album cuts, cool covers and other rarities. Lots of family and friends came out for those shows, they were really joyous events. “Runnin’ Down A Dream” always offered a nice opportunity to get photos of Mike and Tom together. Not that they didn’t interact on other songs, but you could count on them to be in close proximity for that song in particular. Watching them play together, it was easy to see the incredible connection and love between these two friends of more than 40 years. The Captain and the Co-Captain, as Tom called Mike every night onstage when he introduced the band." – @actennille , Photographer. #pettyforever Now available as either a lithographic or fine art print! For details and to order click the Bio link!

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The new lawsuit comes after York Petty filed a petition against the daughters back in April. As previously reported, Petty’s widow accused the daughters of leaving her out of decisions regarding music.

Petty died from an accidental drug overdose on Oct 2, 2017. He was 66 years old at the time.

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