A court in Nanterre, France, confirmed Thursday it will hold a hearing in the case pitting Françoise Bettencourt Meyers against photographer François-Marie Banier on July 1, 2, 5 and 6. Bettencourt Meyers originally brought the lawsuit against Banier in December 2007. She alleges Banier’s “exploitation of weakness” of her mother, 87-year-old Liliane Bettencourt, who gave him assets valued at almost 1 billion euros, or $1.35 billion at current exchange. Bettencourt, the daughter of L’Oréal’s founder, argues she is sound and acting on her own free will.
This story first appeared in the April 16, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.