Giray contends that Ulukaya stole the recipe by bribing a former Fage employee. In her account, Ulukaya allegedly met a former Fage employee in Europe and paid him €30,000 or about $41,000 for the recipe.
In a complaint filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court, Ulukaya alleges his ex-wife, Giray, is a fraud trying to claim unearned credit. From Ulukaya’s filing:
Because plaintiff cannot win on the merits of her claims, she has fabricated any number of fantastical and completely baseless allegations.
Giray, ex-wife of Chobani founder, Ulukaya, files a lawsuit that claims she is owed a 53% majority share of the company. In her complaint, Giray alleges that the couple founded the cheese-making business Eurphrates together using her assets and credit. She further alleges that the expansion into yogurt was also funded by her assets. She is seeking access to Chobani’s accounting records to assess further damages.