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We were two crazy broads who went on a shopping spree in New York.

Harris asked for actual and punitive damages, in addition to reimbursements for two items — a $75 golf outfit from Westwood Country Club and a $91 decorative wine glass — that she bought for Saverin. Harris also said that her ex-friend owed her $6,000 for one Bloomingdale's mink.

Saverin says she was blindsided by the suit, noting that she told Harris that $40,000 of her investment would repay Saverin for loans made to the company over the years. "That was crystal, crystal clear," says Saverin.

Harris asked the IRS and the St. Louis County Police Department to investigate Saverin for white-collar crime, according to Saverin. Last September the women finally broke ties.

"We were two crazy broads who went on a shopping spree in New York, and somebody later decided they bought too much," Saverin says.

Late last fall the women tried to resolve their dispute with mediation, to no avail. On January 19 Saverin countersued Harris for taking over the company bank accounts without her permission. Two months later, Saverin sold the business' remaining inventory to the store manager for $115,000 and repaid Harris $75,000.

Last month the case finally went to trial. Saverin said she regretted writing personal checks from the Art & Accents account. In hindsight, she says, she would have put some of Harris' investment directly into a private account to repay her loans. Jurors also heard Harris deny that she and Saverin went to New York City and purchased "three sable minks," in Watkins' words.

"Sables cost $100,000," Harris corrected him. "They were sheared mink."

In the end, the bemused-looking jury decided Saverin did not misrepresent herself, but still determined that she owed Harris for the golf outfit, the wine glass and the fur. Judge Colleen Dolan ordered Saverin to write Harris a check for $6,461.

"All that was missing," Watkins concluded in a closing statement, "was the kitty-litter box and Jerry Springer."

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