The suit, first reported at TMZ.com, claims the actress, who turns 24 Friday, shopped at the Santa Monica Boulevard store Church Boutique between November and February, and arranged to have payment made through her business manager. The unnamed manager, however, paid less than $200, according to the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The lawsuit - filed under the store's legal name, Tough as Nails, according to co-owner David Malvaney - states Lohan "had no intention of causing her business manager to pay the entire balance," and seeks costs, plus interest and punitive damages.
Malvaney's attorney, Bill Crockett, said, "You never want to file a lawsuit like this, and it's unfortunate that my clients were driven to the wall by it, but it's a matter of principle for them."
According to its Web site, Church Boutique sells clothing, accessories and jewelry by artists including glass sculptor Andy Paiko and painters Carrie Jardine, Ron Reihel and Vadim Valikovski.