Jacqueline Laurita is in hot water. Again.
Perhaps it’s a good thing Jacqueline left Real Housewives of New Jersey when she did because she certainly wouldn’t want her current legal mess playing out in front of the cameras. Then again, maybe the Bravo powers already have their hands full with Teresa Giudice‘s indictment!
Jacqueline and husband Chris Laurita have been struggling for a while – they filed bankruptcy related to their former company Signature Apparel, but bankruptcy courts believe the Lauritas intentionally defrauded creditors and spent company proceeds for their own benefit – and they want them to repay $7.8 million dollars to creditors. The Lauritas are contesting this ruling and the case is due to go to trial.
Well things are getting even worse as the Signature Apparel bankruptcy takes another turn.
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The attorneys handling Jacqueline and Chris‘ case filed a motion with the court to drop them as clients citing non-payment. The Lauritas, attest they are fine with this as they all want separate attorneys – Chris’s brother is also involved in the bankruptcy case. “The Lauritas have failed to comply with their agreement and obligations under the Engagement Letter with respect to expenses and fees owed to Troutman Sanders in connection to the Laurita Adversary Proceedings,” read the motion.
Now comes another blow! A week after their legal team Troutman Sanders attempted to get off the Laurita’s case, one of their creditors are contesting the attorney’s withdrawal under the grounds that there is no stipulation about which creditors the Lauritas are not repaying currently.
“The Withdrawal Notices provide no explanation of which of the Laurita Defendants have failed to pay legal fees or the quantum of legal fees that are outstanding with respect to each defendant,” the document reads.“Without this information, the Court has little basis to assess any merit of the Withdrawal Motions.”
Meaning: the creditor believes the Lauritas have plotted with their attorneys to drop the case so they can delay going to trial. The creditor claims the Lauritas have used this stall tactic for years – and they are ready for a resolution as this has been going on since 2009.
“Delay has been the Laurita Defendants’ primary defense tactic in these proceedings, and Signature is concerned that this latest and last gambit simply is more of the same,” the documents, obtained by Radar Online, reveal. “Withdrawal for failure to pay fees at this late stage in these matters, when Troutman Sanders clearly was aware of that issue for months, is ethically suspect at the least.”
The creditor demands to know which attorney the Lauritas are planning to hire – and want the case to proceed to trial as planned with no further rescheduling. Hey – I’d want my millions too!
Reality Tea has the legal documents below to substantiate above information!
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TELL US – ARE THE LAURITAS JUST TRYING TO STALL THEIR BANKRUPTCY TO GET OUT OF PAYING?