Stronach family feuds over control of auto parts fortune

An Ontario business magnate is suing his daughter, two grandchildren and others for allegedly mismanaging the family's assets and trust funds.

Frank Stronach, the man who started the autoparts business Magna International, and his wife Elfriede have launched the lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court and say they have done so as a last resort.

Stronach says in a statement that the couple has made ``considerable efforts'' over the last two years to resolve the matter.

Thoroughbred Daily News reports the couple have accused Belinda Stronach, the chairman and president of The Stronach Group that runs horse racetracks around the world, of conspiring by ``unlawful actions'' against the best interests of other members of the Stronach family.

The suit, which has not been proven in court, seeks more than $500 million in damages.

Belinda Stronach has denied the allegations.

``Family relationships within a business can be challenging,'' she said in a statement Wednesday night.

``My children and I love my father. However, his allegations are untrue and we will be responding formally to the statement of claim in the normal course of the court process.''