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The Laurita Bankruptcy – Signature Apparel LLC Was Drained of Its Funds and Assets to Support the Lauritas’ Opulent Lifestyle (Updated 3/12/2015)

October 26, 2012

“Everyone likes to have nice things, but I’m not one to brag about it.” – Jacqueline Laurita, RHONJ Season 1 & 2 Tagline

“I had heard that Joe was saying things that discredit my reputation as a businessman. I was furious, because if there’s one thing I’m not, it’s shady.” – Chris Laurita, Season 4 Episode

UPDATE 3/4/2015: Below is an excerpt from the Memorandum Opinion for two motions before the court. Click here to read the entire motion, which includes background, cover-up, and procedural history of the case.

Laurita Bankruptcy March 4, 2015

Counts I and II: Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation

Counts III and IV: Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Count V: Conspiracy

Counts VI and VII: Breach of Contract and Tortious Interference with Contract

Count VIII: Conversion

Count IX: Unjust Enrichment

On March 4, 2015, the Court entered its Memorandum Opinion (A) Granting in Part and Denying in Part the Parties’ Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment and (B) Denying the Defendants’ Daubert Motion (the “Opinion”). For the reasons set forth in the Opinion, it is hereby:

ORDERED that summary judgment is GRANTED to the Defendants as to Counts V and VIII of the Amended Complaint; and it is further

ORDERED that Counts V and VIII of the Amended Complaint are hereby DISMISSED; and it is further

ORDERED that summary judgment is DENIED as to Counts VI and VII of the Amended Complaint; and it is further

ORDERED that summary judgment is GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART as to Counts I, II, III, IV, and IX of the Amended Complaint, as fully set forth in the Opinion; and it is further

ORDERED that the Daubert Motion is DENIED; and it is further

ORDERED that trial in the above-captioned adversary proceeding shall commence on April 21, 2015.

UPDATE 11/14/2014: An order was granted to extend the time to file objections to the claims though January 30, 2015,

UPDATE 8/2/2014: The trial in the adversarial proceedings against the Lauritas, with Signature Apparel as the plaintiff, is scheduled for November 13, 2014. To delay the trial, the Laurita’s attorneys submitted notices to the court on July 16, 2014, requesting to withdraw as counsel in their four-year representation of the Lauritas on the basis of their failure to pay legal fees. The court granted the request. The Laurita Adversary Proceeding and the Laurita/Iconix Adversary Proceeding each have been pending for years, and the Withdrawal Notices came on the eve of scheduled summary judgment motions and trial in these matters. Signature Apparel objected to the withdrawal motions, stating:

“The Laurita Defendants pillaged Signature pre- and post-Petition, as will be demonstrated in the forthcoming proceedings, and they are well aware that the estate has limited resources. The proposed withdrawal of their counsel should not be an occasion for yet more delay and needless waste of Signature’s limited resources.

“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. 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. Signature respectfully submits that, prior to the resolution of this issue, the Laurita Defendants should be required to provide information concerning who specifically intends to hire new counsel and what efforts he or she will undertake to minimize any further delay of the dispositive motion practice and proceedings in these matters.”

Jacqueline Laurita in her final Bravo blog for season 4 said:

“I know I said during the reunion that I wished Joe Giudice would go to jail, but regardless of if I think he deserves it or not, I will not wish anything bad for Teresa or Joe. They have 4 beautiful girls, and if anything unfortunate happens to either one of them, it effects those girls, and as a mother I do not want that.”

Jacqueline Laurita is implying that Joe Giudice deserves to go to jail — does she feel the same way about herself, her husband and other Laurita family members? Chris Laurita and his brother Joseph diverted funds from their company (Signature Apparel LLC, which went bankrupt in 2010) for personal expenses and transferred company funds to family members and other family businesses, draining the company so dry that it was an empty shell and creditors couldn’t be paid.

Jacqueline, who is named as a defendant in the bankruptcy case, had been summoned for a deposition on November 13, 2012. The trustee’s attorney Michael Fox told RumorFix on October 25, 2012:

“It frustrates me that they are so public about their lavish lifestyle and they show indifference.”

Signature requested to extend the deadlines: for fact discovery and depositions to January 18, 2013, reply expert reports to April 16, 2013, and expert discovery and depositions to May 22, 2013.

“Here’s how the Laurita bankruptcy contrasts to the Guidice bankruptcy: Teresa and Joe were making big bucks but spent ALL of their money, and had no savings. So when the real estate crash happened, they were in no way prepared for the massive decrease in income both personally and for Joe’s business. Obviously, they had no choice but to file bankruptcy, which initially was completely legitimate. Should they have been wiser with their money when times were good? Yes, but this a free country and they’re free do what they want (legally). Luckily, Teresa was able to start making more money than ever had before, and they are now better off as they have withdrawn their bankruptcy and are living more modestly and paying down their debts. While there were problems with fraud later on in their bankruptcy filing (which I believe were resolved, possibly allowing them to file again if they wanted to), it is better for everyone that they are committing to paying instead of trying to discharge their debt. I would label Teresa and Joe as just stupid with money and victims of the economy. The Lauritas are criminals.” – CenNJ, October 26, 2012, Fame-Whorgas

On March 14, 2013, arguments were scheduled to be heard for all motions in the federal bankruptcy case against the Lauritas:

Until these motions are settled, all depositions have been suspended. However, the discovery part, both fact and expert, is ongoing. More than likely, Jacqueline will not have to appear, and it is doubtful Bravo will film it. This is preliminary until all evidence is gathered and examined. Once completed, then it will be decided whether charges are to be filed. But there certainly appears to be a mountain of evidence, so the Lauritas definitely have a lot on their plate right now between the hearings, the tax lien, the possible foreclosure, and Jacqueline’s plastic surgery bills. – Jeannie5233, March 13, 2013, Fame-Whorgas

According to legal documents dated March 24, 2011 (one of the main points is that creditors forced a bankruptcy, supposedly before the Lauritas could sell a valuable license, yet they went ahead and sold it anyway – click on the link and see pages 5, 6 and 25):

Chris and Joseph failed to respect the separate legal existence of Signature Apparel LLC and the other Laurita companies [including Pyramid Trading, Inc., Pyramid Trading Corp., Retail Solutions, Four Brothers Retail and Cool Five LLC (collectively referred to as the “Laurita Pyramid Companies” ), or to companies or business ventures in which Chris and Joseph were investing, including Angelo’s Favorite, The Hungry Ghosts Movie LLC, and the BSTC Group], and treated the assets of those companies as if those assets were Chris and Joseph’s own personal assets, including, by way of example:

  1. Using Signature funds to pay the personal expense of the other Laurita family members,
  2. Causing the diverted funds to be conveyed away from Signature to Pyramid Trading Inc. (another Laurita company),
  3. Making other fraudulent transfers to other Laurita companies, and
  4. Conveying the Rocawear and Artful Dodger Licenses to a third party while retaining for themselves a percentage of the gross fees received from those licenses.

Utilizing their position in Signature and the Laurita Pyramid Companies, Chris and Joseph, in concert with one another, have wrongfully utilized and depleted the corporate assets of Signature to further their own individual financial interests, in total disregard of the interests of Signature.

  • From 9/5/2008 – 8/18/2009, within a year prior to the petition date, Joseph Laurita received a total of $873,689 in transfers of interests in Signature’s property.
  • From 9/5/2008 – 8/14/2009, within a year prior to the petition date, Christopher Laurita received a total of $405,730 in transfers of interests in Signature’s property.

Chris and Joseph, in concert with one another, have wrongfully siphoned corporate funds from Signature which resulted in Signature becoming grossly undercapitalized to the point of financial extinction, while amassing personal assets for themselves and their family members.

To this day, Chris and Joseph, while claiming the financial crises of Signature, still drive luxurious vehicles, own buildings and residences and have assets which may be worth millions of dollars.

Signature was so controlled and dominated by Chris and Joseph, and its separate legal existence so ignored, that Signature primarily transacted the personal business of Chris and Joseph, and is therefore a mere instrumentality and the alter ego of Chris and Joseph.

Such control and domination has been exercised to commit fraud and engage in other wrongful conduct, which has resulted in an unjust financial loss and injury to Plaintiff.

As a matter of equity, the Plaintiff (Signature Apparel LLC) is entitled to pierce the corporate veil of the other Laurita companies, and to reach the assets of Chris and Joseph, jointly and severally, to satisfy any judgment obtained in this litigation.

Joseph Laurita and Christopher Laurita, defendants in the case and each 50% owner/member of Signature Apparel LLC (which was formed in 2005), are accused of:

  • Draining the company of all its funds and assets in order to support their families’ increasingly opulent lifestyle of private jets, limousines, extravagant parties, premium automobiles, designer clothing, ostentatious home furnishings and lavish vacations.
  • Using company funds for their own personal expenses, and making payments to themselves and their family members from company funds for amounts not owed to them by Signature.

Also named as defendants in the case are Jacqueline Laurita, Adeline Laurita (Joseph’s wife), and Anthony Laurita (Chris and Joseph’s brother).

  • Chris and Joseph directed Signature to pay the expenses of and make payments to other companies owned, controlled by or affiliated with Chris Laurita and Joseph Laurita.
  • Chris and Joseph improperly directed Signature’s vendors, including certain of the petitioning creditors, to make payments to certain of the Laurita’s other companies of funds that were rightfully owed to Signature. Those payments totaled at least and no less than $718,214, and further depleted Signature’s assets.
  • Chris and Joseph directed Signature to pay the personal expenses of, and make outright payments to the other Laurita family members (Jacqueline and other family members accepted funds they knew belonged to Signature and for which they each knew they had performed no services and/or provided no value). These payments totaled at least and no less than $7,086,013 (the “Fraudulent Transfers”). These improper payments have no legitimate business purpose, provided no value to Signature, and include:

* At least $1,994,845 for payments to 40 different credit cards for Laurita family members and the Laurita’s other companies
* At least $331,637 for payments on no less than eleven leased cars, including a Bentley and a Maserati
* At least $284,793 in airline travel expenses for the Laurita Family
* At least $145,894 for private airplane rentals for the Laurita Family
* At least $25,000 to Studio Dante, and off-Broadway theater company, for production expenses for the film ‘The Hungry Ghosts’
* At least $73,793 for taxi, limousine and car-service related expenses
* At least $16,951 for car rentals
* At least $5,813 in travel tolls
* At least $6,207 in car insurance premiums
* At least $28,711 for miscellaneous transportation-related expenses
* At least $7,280 for travel agent expenses for the Laurita Family
* At least $1,084 for train travel expenses
* At least $1,379,187 to Joseph Laurita for undocumented or insufficiently documented reasons
* At least $755,184 to Christopher Laurita for undocumented or insufficiently documented reasons
* At least $62,500 to Adeline Laurita for undocumented or insufficiently documented reasons
* At least $40,000 to Anthony Laurita for undocumented or insufficiently documented reasons
* At least $20,909 to Frank Laurita for undocumented or insufficiently documented reasons
* At least $4,860 for rent and utility expenses for 78 Valley Road in Connecticut, the site for Pyramid Trading (another Laurita company)
* At least $325,696 in payments to or on behalf of other entities owned or controlled the Lauritas
* At least $791,509 in payments to Roc Apparel Group LLC for undocumented or insufficiently documented reasons
* At least $784,160 of disbursements to unknown recipients, without any documentation whatsoever

These fraudulent transfers were made voluntarily with the actual intent to hinder, delay or defraud some or all of Signature’s then existing and/or future creditors (including, without limitation, the Petitioning Creditors — Signature Apparel, the plaintiff, will further amend the Complaint when additional information is obtained concerning other monies and property that were fraudulently transferred by or for the benefit of the Laurita family, the defendants, and Laurita Pyramid Companies).

Instead of being used to sustain and develop Signature’s business, pay Signature’s vendors and creditors, Signature’s assets were misused to make outright and unjustified payments to Laurita family members, and to fund the operations of the Laurita brothers’ other companies and business ventures. That diversion of funds constituted a waste of corporate assets and opportunities.

Chris and Joseph wrongfully caused Signature to make outright payments and other transfers to themselves, other Laurita family members, other Laurita companies, and to other companies and business ventures in which Chris and Joseph were investing. After Signature’s bankruptcy, Chris and Joseph conveyed the Licenses away from Signature while retaining for themselves a percentage of gross fees from the licenses, further damaging Signature and effectively rendering the Company an empty shell with no means to pay its creditors. This conduct caused the funds and property of Signature to be squandered, grossly mismanaged and wasted, and contributed to, exacerbated, deepened and/or caused Signature’s insolvency.

  • Chris and Joseph breached their fiduciary duties by using Company funds for the payment of their own personal expenses and the personal expenses of other Laurita family members. Signature was damaged in an amount to be determined, but believed to be not less than $7,086,013 plus interest.
  • Chris and Joseph breached their fiduciary duties by coordinating the transfer of the Rocawear License and the Artful Dodger Licenses to a third-party, as a new license, while retaining for themselves, rather than Signature, a percentage of the gross fees from the Licenses. As a direct and proximate result, Signature was damaged in an amount to be determined, but believed to be not less than $718,214 plus interest. That transfer provided Chris and Joseph with continuing income from the Rocawear and Artful Dodger Licenses, while reducing Signature to an empty shell with little or no means to pay its debts or continue its business.

Signature had a possessory right and interest to its assets, including its receipts, accounts receivable, property and general funds. Defendants converted Signature’s assets and property when they received monies in the form of payments and other wrongful transfers. Defendants actions deprived Signature of its use of its assets, and contributed to, exacerbated, deepened or caused Signature’s insolvency.

Signature and the other Laurita companies were grossly undercapitalized at their respective inception, and their respective assets were unreasonably small in proportion to their respective obligations.

Defendants Joseph Laurita and Christopher Laurita assert rights to payment allegedly owned by Signature. Pursuant to Bankruptcy Code section 502(d), the Joseph Laurita claim and the Christopher Laurita claim must each be disallowed unless and until such defendants pays Signature an amount equal to transfer made to such defendants that is avoided.

The actions of the defendants described in the Complaint, and as further to be proven upon discovery of additional facts, constitutes inequitable, unconscionable, and unfair conduct. Such inequitable, unconscionable, and unfair conduct of the defendants resulted in harm to Signature and its creditors and/or gave the defendants an unfair advantage over Signature’s other creditors.

  • Joseph Laurita asserts that Signature is indebted to him in the amount of $5,337,414 in connection to unsecured loans (the “Joseph Laurita Loans”) allegedly made by him to Signature, as described in the Joseph Laurita claim.
  • Christopher Laurita asserts that Signature is indebted to him in the amount of $3,387,414 in connection to unsecured loans (the “Christopher Laurita Loans”) allegedly made by him to Signature, as described in the Christopher Laurita claim.

The insider loans were each a sham, not true loans.

The insider loans represented the equity contributions of defendants Joseph and Christopher Laurita, each 50% owner/member of Signature. Neither Joseph nor Christopher are in the business of lending money, and there was no legitimate business reason for such Defendants to make such insider loans.

Although cast in the form of loans, the insider loans had the substance and character of an equity contribution: there were no arms’-length, good-faith commercial negotiation the terms of the insider loans; at all relevant times, Signature was not adequately capitalized to repay the insider loans; Signature had no ability to obtain comparable financing from a lending institution at the interest rate provided in the insider loans.

At all relevant times, Joseph and Christopher Laurita were insiders of Signature and exercised effective control over Signature. Through actual and effective control over Signature, overreaching and inequitable conduct, defendants Joseph and Christopher operated Signature in an undercapitalized, deceptive and unsound manner, to the detriment of Signature’s creditors.

If the insider loans are not recharacterized as equity, unsecured creditors will receive less than they otherwise would from monies recovered from defendants in this action and in other actions that have been or will be brought by or on behalf of Signature and its estate. Accordingly, the insider loans should be recharacterized as equity contributions in Signature.

Defendants Joseph Laurita and Christopher Laurita have filed the Joseph Laurita Claim and Christopher Laurita Claim (together, the “Proof of Claim”), respectively, in the bankruptcy proceeding. Defendants claims are not supported by the books and records of Signature, nor the materials annexed to the respective Proofs of Claim submitted by Defendants, and therefore should be allowed. As a result of the foregoing, Signature is entitled to an order disallowing the Claims.

About Signature Apparel LLC:

Signature was formed in 2005 by brothers Joseph and Christopher Laurita, as a privately-owned, multi-facted apparel company in the business of designing, manufacturing and distributing branded apparel worldwide. Joseph and Christopher Laurita each owned 50% percent of the Company.

In or about 2005, Signature entered into an exclusive license with a predecessor-in-interest of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. to design, manufacture and distribute junior’s apparel bearing the “Rocawear” trademarks, which license was assigned in or about 2007 to Studio IP Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Iconix.

In or about 2005, Signature entered into an exclusive license with a subsidiary of Iconix, Artful Holdings LLC, to design, manufacture and distribute apparel bearing the “Artful Dodger” trademarks.

In or about 2005, Signature designed, manufactured and distributed apparel pursuant to the Rocawear License and, beginning in or about 2007, Signature designed, manufactured and distributed apparel pursuant to the Artful Dodger License, and sold such apparel to Signature’s wholesale customers throughout the United States.

Signature achieved more than $250 million in sales from Rocawear and Artful Dodger branded apparel alone between 2005 and 2009.

About the Original Petition by Creditors and the Laurita Brother’s Claims:

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York (Manhattan)
Case No. 09-15378 (JMP)
Chapter 11
Signature Apparel Group, LLC, Involuntary Debtor (Plaintiff)
Joseph Laurita, Christopher Laurita, Adeline Laurita, Anthony Laurita and Jacqueline Laurita (Defendants)

Creditors of Signature Apparel Group LLC, which owns the Fetish trademark and holds the licenses for Rocawear Juniors and Artful Dodger, are looking to push the company into bankruptcy protection, court filings showed. – Reuters, September 4, 2009

On September 4, 2009 (the “Petition Date”), Hitch & Trail Inc., Talful Ltd., and Harvestway (China) Limited (the “Petitioning Creditors”) filed an involuntary petition against Signature in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking relief under chapter 7 of title 1 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

The three original petitioners in the bankruptcy case (other petitioners may have since been added) and the amount owed them:

  • Hitch & Trail, Inc., NY NY; $3,556,793.18 (September 3, 2009)
  • Talful Ltd, Hong Kong, China; owed $4,757,078,62 (September 3, 2009)
  • Harvestway (China) Limited, Hong Kong, China; owed $6,465,464.50 (September 2, 2009)

Secured claims vs. unsecured claims:

  • Class 1 Priority Non-Tax and Priority Tax Claim, scheduled claims $14,906.80 (CIT Group has since been paid in full)
  • General Unsecured Claims: $28,676,703.13 (the Complaint may have since been amended with more petitioning creditors)

On November 9, 2009, the debtor filed its motion to convert the case to a case under chapter 11, and on November 12, 2009 the court granted the motion to convert.

On June 29, 2010, a chapter 11 plan of reorganization was confirmed, and Anthony Labrosciano was named the responsible person of Signature Apparel LLC (he is representing Signature Apparel as the Plaintiff against the Defendants Christopher Laurita, Joseph Laurita, Anthony Laurita, Adeline Laurita and Jacqueline Laurita).

On August 5, 2010, Signature Apparel Group, LLC went out of business.

Affadavit of Joseph Laurita, chairman of Signature Apparel Group

My brother Christopher Laurita and I are the two member of the debtor, each owning a 50% membership interest in the debtor. The debtor is a privately owned multi-faceted apparel company that designs, develops, manufactures, distributes and sells branded apparel worldwide.

Christopher Laurita, Officer and President, 2003 – present
Joseph Laurita, Chairman, 2003 – present

On January 4, 2010, Joseph Laurita filed a general unsecured claim against Signature in the amount of $5,337,414 on account of purported loans made by Joseph to Signature.

On January 5, 2010, Christopher Laurita filed a general unsecured claim against Signature in the amount of $3,387,414 on account of purported loans made by Christopher to Signature.

http://ia700401.us.archive.org/23/items/gov.uscourts.nysb.185141/gov.uscourts.nysb.185141.36.0.pdf

A list of the 20 largest unsecured creditors is attached as Exhibit ‘A’.

http://ia700401.us.archive.org/23/items/gov.uscourts.nysb.185141/gov.uscourts.nysb.185141.124.0.pdf

Note: If you copy all or part of this article, please clearly credit and link back to Fame-Whorgas since it took considerable time and effort to type out this information from the PDF file and then edit it down (the Complaint is about 3 times the size of this article), format it, and re-organize it for readability.

UPDATES ON THE BANKRUPTCY CASE:

Jacqueline Laurita’s Personal Exposure and Signature Apparel’s Creditors list $55 Million in Claims (FRE)

Since the original complaint was filed (which I found online and included in this article), other creditors have come forward (but I don’t have access to the amended complaint). FRE (link above) has the updates on the case and the amount (which totals $55 million) creditors are claiming are owed to them by the Laurita brothers. Other creditors include:

  • Susan G Komen Cancer Foundation $18,000
  • Federal Express $14,300
  • American Express $$83,000
  • UPS $9,500
  • Ikon Financial $95,000
  • Artful Holdings, LLC $10,350,000
  • Studio IP Holdings, LLC $20,700,000
  • CitiGroup Commercial $200,000
  • Daihwa $456,000
  • Hitch & Trail, Inc. $3,699,000
  • Putnam Leasing $444,000
  • GiftTex: $96,000
  • Talful, LTD $4,750,000
  • Harvestway Ltd $5,051,000

Signature Apparel Computers & Server Recovered from Chris Laurita’s Possession (FRE)

Chris Laurita removed computers from the Signature Apparel offices. He claims the computers were removed so that the equipment could be used in his new business, New Star Group, LLC (the Company that promotes BLK). Chris disclosed that he was also in possession of a server originally belonging to Signature Apparel. The Memorandum of Law filed in support of the Motion painstakingly sets forth the number of times Chris Laurita, through counsel, insisted that all computers, hard drives, servers and electronic equipment remained at the Signature Apparel warehouse before Laurita finally admitted that he and his personal assistant absconded with the equipment.

Signature Apparel LLC vs. Joseph Laurita, Christopher Laurita, Adeline Laurita, Jacqueline Laurita and Anthony Laurita File, filed on January 21, 2011

The Latest on the Signature Apparel Force Bankruptcy, October 2014

These are just some highlights gleaned from the most recent 311-page document from the Signature Apparel bankruptcy lawsuit.

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  1. October 26, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    I can’t wait to read this . . . I’ve been hoping there would be an expose of these “shady” (tmJUICY) characters . . . thanks in advance Fame!!!!

    • November 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      isnt this strange that only 144 people have read and replied to this site n over 600 to the gorgas can you repost this out front ,i think its fasinating how fame brings all this together,thank you

  2. Jeannie5233
    October 26, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – FAME,YOU ROCK!

    This website is by far the most comprehensive gathering of information compared to anything else out there.

    Hopefully, finally, some of this will start filtering into mainstream media – and these abhorent people will get what they deserve – a public shameing (sp?) just like they all tried to do to Teresa. I just want them all to be fully exposed for what they really are and be completely unable to show their faces in public ever again. That may be harsh but it is what they deserve.

  3. October 26, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    Wow, what a mess! I don’t know a lot about business, though, so I’m wondering how what they did differs from what Romney did through Bain Capital? Didn’t they buy companies, load them down with debt, take huge consulting fees then close the companies and ship any remaining parts off to China? I’m not being snarky, I really want to know the difference.

    • CenNJ
      October 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Without getting technical:
      What Romney and Bain Capital are in the Private Equity industry and what they did/do is 100% legal. While engaging in Private Equity Bain would look for companies with potential value and purchase them using debt. This use of debt is completely legitimate, and it is not typical for it not to be honored. Usually the companies purchased issue new debt to pay back Bain for the purchase (completely normal in P.E./LBO); then eventually sold, and what happens to them is of no interest to Bain. Now in the course of doing things like firing employees, sell of some assets and shutting door,or the business plan not working out causing a bankruptcy (rarely in anyone’s best interest) all of which are viewed as unethical anti-American by many (Why Romney’s connection with Bain is controversial). However, Romney is not the only one that does this, and Private Equity is a normal part of business. (Not defending Romney, just explaining)
      Hope that helps.

      IMO- How this contrasts with the Laurita crew is that their company had the assets to pay creditors but CHOSE not to. Instead they drained the majority of assets and paid themselves, then said the company is broke lets declare bankruptcy. Obviously there is a problem with that as the company really did have the funds to pay creditors. What I can’t understand is WHY would they would be sooooo greedy bc that will always catch up with you.

      IMO- How the Laurita Bankruptcy contrasts to the Guidice one. Tre and Joe were making big bucks but spent ALL of their money, and had no savings. So when the Crash happened they were in no way prepared for the massive decrease in income both personally nor for Joe’s business. Obviously they had no choice but to file bankruptcy, which initially was completely legitimate. Should they have been wiser with their money when times were good? yes, but this a free country and their free do what they want (legally). Luckily they Tre was able to start making more money than ever had before, and are now better off as they have withdrawn their bankruptcy living more modestly and paying down their debts. While there were problems with fraud later on in their bankruptcy filing (which i believe was resolved, possibly allowing them to file again if they wanted to) it is better for everyone that they are committing to paying instead of trying to discharge their debt. I would label Tre and Juicy as just stupid with money and victims of the economy. The Lauritas are criminals.

      BTW this blog is AMAZING and the details in posts are incredible

      • RahRah
        October 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

        I am interested in victim impact statements and how their actions affected those relying on their business arrangement. I believe one of their contracts was the hip hip artist Eve’s shoe line Fetish which is no longer available.

        • CenNJ
          October 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM

          Now those would be some good reads! I can’t help but picture Caroline in the room at some of those depositions, “Lie, Liar….. Lies….Lie… GAWBAGE……Liar!”

        • October 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

          yep
          Signature Apparel Group LLC once owned brands such as Rocawear and Eve’s Fetish.

      • Jeannie5233
        October 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        This is a great explanation and gives clarity to the differences between these cases. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

        • Maru the Cat
          March 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

          Thanks CenNJ – you really helped clarify!

      • difromnyc
        October 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        Romney and Bain were basically what Richard Gere did in Pretty Woman.

        • luvfamewhorgas
          October 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

          That is exactly what I thought when I read the article. Great reference point.

        • elemcee
          October 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

          Omg, I literally just asked my husband if it was like Richard Gere in Pretty Woman!!!!! My hubs tries to explain stuff, but I am just not so much with the business. But, he was able to make understand with that. He tells me it’s a good thing I am pretty…

      • October 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Good comment CenNJ. I took part of it and included it in the article. Also readers, I fined tuned the article in the last hour and added just a few more details, if you want to check it out again.

      • October 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

        Thank you for this explanation – I’m in a different country so some things go over my head with legal terminology.

      • 2tall4u
        November 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        Tre & Joe HAD to withdraw their BK because they lied and hid assets. Had they tried to go through with their BK both of them would have faced prison time for fraud – per the court appointed auditor. The auditor also made it clear, as well as the courts, that they cannot re-file later, which was what they were trying to do. Tre has to repay the entire 11 million — and she hasn’t even scratched the surface of repayment yet.

        • Maru the Cat
          March 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

          How would you know what Teresa has and has not paid back? We would have heard by now if she hadn’t started repaying, after all, she is famous and this would be reported in the press.

    • October 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Morgaine- Romney & Bain Capital were engaged in a legal enterprise of buying undervalued or distressed assets and restructuring the companies in order to sell them off at a time when full value was recognized. What the media and the public bristle at w Romney is due to his reticence to show his tax returns and disclose what he made during his years at Bain what assets he still holds, etc.

      What chris and his brother did was a systematic, deliberate defrauding of the companies with which they had licensee agreements.

      One is fraud… One is non-disclosure to the voting public of information other candidates disclos.

      Sadly, we live in a sound bite media world where details aren’t important. Good thing we have bloggers like Fame who will take the time to present facts in an orderly fashion and leave it up the her readers whether they want to take the time to inform themselves.

      Morgaine, Although brief and without depth, I hope I was able to give u a glimmer as to why the two business interests are completely different,

      • October 26, 2012 at 7:08 PM

        Ahhh.. CenNJ. Props to u. I’m not sure why I didn’t even see ur post. I’m a dollar shot and a day late…. Fame, once again great work. This is. Case I am very interested in following. I don’t think most people understand how different personal bankruptcy is from crop orate bankruptcy. (or for that matter what Sonja Moran. Had to do to protect herself while a large judgement worked its way through appeals) and the systematic defrauding and bankrupting a corporate entity as is the case w the Lauritas,

        Thanks CenNJ. IF I hear anything I’ll post it and look forward to reading your follow ups.

    • runtheball
      October 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      You’re not snarky you’re an idiot. What Bain Capital does is buy into companies that are on the brink of bankruptcy by providing an infusion of cash. They are already loaded down with debt and have no other options beside bankruptcy and giving a firm like Bain for a substantial stake in exchange for providing life support. If the company could not be turned around Bain does what it can to get its money back. They had something like a 76% success rate. Don’t be a gullible sheep with the shipped off to China nonsense. The only companies the truly get “shipped off” to China are companies like GM that open up facilities there in order to sell to the Chinese and make a profit to subsidize their failing operations in Europe and the US.

      The Lauritas had their own small business and paid their own personal expenses instead of paying their bills. They are not even remotely comparable.

      • October 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        To: runtheball

        Re:”You’re not snarky you’re an idiot.”

        Way to go! You just made yourself sound like a snarky idiot!

        To: MorgaineSwann

        Your question was neither snarky nor idiotic. Remember: there are no stupid questions but there are a lot off assholes that like to fancy themselves smarter than others.

        • Jeannie5233
          October 28, 2012 at 8:19 PM

          rhonjjunkie – I have to agree with you. Pity that what runtheball had to say could be a valid point or opinion. It becomes irrelevant by the very first sentence. So not necessary to insult someone asking a question.

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Are you nuts, Romney did no such thing, his businesses were successful, he’s not some jerk guido from New Jersey or a murderer like Obama

      • Zoebot
        October 27, 2012 at 5:14 AM

        Jerk guido? Let’s leave racial/ethnic slurs out of the conversation. And regardless if you’re for or against Obama, he’s still our President. Let’s show some class.

      • Cr
        October 28, 2012 at 8:20 AM

        Please read more books.

      • Jeannie5233
        October 28, 2012 at 8:15 PM

        Oh my! Personal insult to a commenter; praise for Gov. Romney; ethnic slur for Gov. Christie; and absolute disrespect for the office of the President of this wonderful country that gives you the free speech to make a comment such as this.

        This blog is about RHONJ – not politics. Please keep it that way.

        • October 29, 2012 at 12:19 AM

          Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
          ~ Abraham Lincoln

  4. autumnleaves61
    October 26, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    Thanks for clarifying what Komen was owed.

  5. 1hotspec
    October 26, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    I wonder if the other companies they invested in included blk.?

  6. LifeIsGood
    October 26, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    If Jac isn’t losing sleep over this, she’s an idiot. These charges are no joke. The fact that Chris has been caught lying to the court several times will motivate the Feds to get a conviction. He may be able to wiggle out of prison time, but that “get out of jail” card is not going to be free.

    • October 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      They always get you on income tax evasion when all else fails.

  7. sara
    October 26, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    Thick as theives? Is that going to be a new show featuring only the Manzo family? Please tell me no. Please!

  8. October 26, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    wacko jacko, becareful of what you wish for

    • October 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      jaco apoligized about sayin she hoped joe g went to jail,so she is seeing that was not very nice ,yes what goes comes back to us

      • October 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        Jacqueline keeps throwing those stones forgetting that her house is made of glass. She’s a nasty piece of work.

      • October 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        only reason she was sorry,is because it came back to her,that she might be sitting in cell herself

  9. Dani
    October 26, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    As much as they want to be famous, you would think that they wouldn’t want to piss off real celebrities? Jay-Z is pretty famous and this is dragging his name through the mud just by the connection.

  10. Maggie
    October 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Jax isn’t mentally stable enough to handle a deposition. Will be interesting to see what she says on her twitter account that day.

    • October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      maggie you dont think thats an act?

    • October 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Unfortunately for her, legally she’s absolutely stable enough for a deposition. She’s not going to get off that easy. Emotionally unstable is another story and she will not receive protection for that.

  11. Viestepia80
    October 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    I think Joe Gorga is heading down this path based on the pattern of loans. He is going to sick his business dry and then file bankruptcy.

    • RahRah
      October 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      something tells me he has been making loans outside the legal parameters, like juice loans. Where can you go every week to borrow money?

    • runtheball
      October 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      He is heading down the path of Joe Guidice. Too many buildings, too many loans. The bank calls the loan, and when you’re the general partner of the LLC, you’re the one they come looking for.

  12. Vp
    October 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    This looks really bad. Shame in them!

    • Jeannie5233
      October 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      What the Lauritas have done is so much more serious and worse than anything Jacqueline tried to out Teresa for on the patio. Teresa’s bankruptcy was personal; and was not criminal in nature. Jac and Chris are also facing possible federal larceny, embezzlement, and/or fraud charges.

      I believe enough evidence will be found to support those charges and the Trustee will move forward.

      The fact that Jac continues to lie to the public, denying her situation saying everything is just fine is delusional. And Chris Laurita – I guess he had ALOT of people fooled. Joe Giudice was right – HE IS SHADY!

      • October 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        Joe Guidice seems to have the real scoop on everybody. He just doesn’t gossip on the show, but he has everybody’s number.

      • Atlas_Burped
        October 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        But wasn’t the deck fight really about things from season three that were airing at the time of filming?

        • Jeannie5233
          October 28, 2012 at 8:24 PM

          I honestly came away after viewing that particular episode as it being (a) a setup – and that was before I even read anyone else’s take on it and (b) it was Jacqueline trying to get Teresa to talk about her personal bankruptcy using the articles in the tabloids as an opeining. Those tabloid stories were all published after Season 3 aired. The red flags for me were Caroline, all of a sudden showing up and literally taking over the convesation and making it about her (remember Jacs frustration?) and, I know this may be weird, but I really though it very, very odd that Chris was lurkig and eavesdropping!

  13. Mrs. Noogent
    October 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    This is all the Guidice’s fault. I’m sure they taught the Laurita’s all they need to know. (jk) I can just hear Jac’s deposition full of Tre said to do this, Tre told us to do that! I am not into twitter but I’ve heard she’s been unusually quiet. Probably trying to get her lies in order. I used to like Jaq and Chris that is until I started seeing all her tweets and blogs. Nasty! There is no reason good enough for the way she went after the Guidices. She was never their friend! Sadly, there are 2 young children who will be affected by their greed. Good job Fame, I only check this website if I want to know the truth!

    • October 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      Jac obviously does not know how to be a friend. Anyone who is close enough to someone to share in confidences and then spills them basically to the world is not someone who ever deserves to be called a friend. That is something that’s 100% unforgivable and Jac is someone of whom to steer clear. She doesn’t know the definition of “friend.”

  14. Pv
    October 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I have read through this case before. But I was assuming Jac would go into her deposition claiming to have no understanding, therefore no responsibility, for accepting her portion of Signature money. I expected Chris to take all the blame for the two of them….avoiding jail time for Jac. But now, it would seem from this article, the creditors are going to say that Jac KNEW she shouldnt have accepted any money. Why did Chris have Jac accept any money? He had already taken so much….why involve her? Why not just take it all himself? Either these people are incredibly dumb or they are incredibly smart. I guess we will find out sooner or later unless the judge seals the decision. I hate when they do that.

    • Jeannie5233
      October 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      I doubt the judge will seal the decision – there possibly could be federal CRIMINAL charges as well – Chris Laurita will more than likely do time in federal prison if the allegations that are floating around are true. Lying in the Discovery part of the case; continuing to use Signature’s “assets” after the fact; tampering with computers, evidence, etc. is serious sh$t. The federal courts do not take kindly to people who continue to deceive.

      These people are so “incredibly smart that they ARE incredibly dumb!”

    • October 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      These types of cases are rarely permanently sealed unless it falls under false claims. Most seals are to protect the confidentiality of the government’s investigation until the investigation is concluded. Then the seal will be lifted.

    • Chelly
      October 26, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Pv – I’ve been wondering the same thing. Why did these two Laurita men involve their wives the way they did?

      Also..what really gets me is reading other blogs months ago and seeing comments like “Chris is the best husband” “Jax is so lucky to have such a great guy” and on & on & on. He really had everyone fooled!!

      • Silvia
        October 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM

        I never truly liked him. He sounded way to smart / know it all . He is a male version of Caro. No wonder these 2 are so close. I didn’t like the way he was treating Ashlee to new car – he was always kinda show-off-y.

    • isolde
      October 27, 2012 at 4:23 AM

      I read somewhere that the Lauritas were trying to use a diminished capacity claim in Jacqueline’s case with regards to this litigation and her liability and testimony of any kind. As this isn’t really being covered by mainstream media, I am not sure if there was an actual hearing or ruling on the matter. If this ploy was actually used, it’s my opinion, that it was done for two reasons: 1) to exempt her from any liability and therefore have any charges dropped against her personally, and 2) because we have seen how unstable her actions are and to put it bluntly she has a big mouth and doesn’t know when to keep it shut.

      I don’t know when they want to claim that her “diminished capacity” began, and does it coincide with the activities of Signature Apparel for which they claim she was involved in or had knowledge of, since she also signed as an officer(?) or received payments payable to her without having performed any services. Is this part of the reason they said she had “breakdowns”, or even revealed Nicholas’ autism diagnosis? What are they claiming is the reason for her “diminished capacity”, the duration of it, was she ever treated for any reason, if so by whom and for how long, and is she well now and as of when?

      Does she not realize that if she goes along with that claim, that she is putting herself in a possible position to question whether or not she is fit to care for two young children or make everyday decisions? Remember Chris having her sign for Ashley’s car, when clearly she was against getting her the last car? Caroline hovered over her and said how she was terrified for her. However, Jacqueline continued to say she was her own person, and certainly ran her mouth throughout the season and even more so at the reunion, as well as on Twitter. I am sure everyone is nervous about her giving a deposition. I am sure they are using this diminished capacity claim to protect her from being found guilty of anything, and possible consequences, but they have to prove it, and they have already been caught lying about transferring licenses, and the whereabouts of the Signature computers,to the court and even to their own attorneys. Jacqueline should have thought twice before she hoped that Joe Giudice goes to jail on national television.

      As Fame pointed out, she only took it back now in her blog, because of the Giudice children, but it should have never been said considering their own legal troubles, because if I was sitting in judgment of her, I would remember the audacity of her comment. Furthermore, remember her comments to Teresa about her spending habits after filing bankruptcy (actually everyone’s)? As Fame indicated above, this is a huge part of the allegations against the Lauritas, is that while they were draining company assets and not paying their creditors, they continued to live opulent and lavish lifestyles. What hypocrisy and audacity to criticize the Giudices or anyone else for that matter. Again Fame, another great blog,and many thanks for your time and detailed work.

      • October 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        Interesting read Isolde!

  15. DJ
    October 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    And Jac was saying she hopes Joe Giudice goes to prison for allegedly obtaining a fake license? In the post- 9/11 era, allegedly falsifying documents is horrendous (I stress allegedly because he has not been tried yet), but you would think in light of this DISASTER, that JACKASS would keep her FAT TRAP SHUT.

    • Jeannie5233
      October 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      DJ – I agree that what Joe G. allegedly did to obtain a license post 9/11 was very wrong. However, as you are saying, the difference is he was just trying to get a license to get to and from work and was extremely stupid without thinking of the consequences in doing so versus the planned and calculated process the Lauritas allegedly went through to finance their lavish lifestyle. A great deal of thought and planning had to have taken place to pull all of this off.

      I wonder how much it costs for all those procedures Jacs goes through and how much of that money she may have used towards them? Although, now that she has a “multi-million dollar deal”, I bet Dr. Song treats her for free! Based on what she looks like, I would avoid Dr. Song at any cost!

    • October 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Well, coming from the city of hanging chads and giving foreigners flying lessons that do not require them to learn how to land a plane only take off, I gotta say half of the damn population down here in Miami has a fake license. I’m not saying he wasn’t wrong, I’m just saying let’s get our shit together as a country. When I went to get my license, I had to have my birth certificate, ninety four forms of I.D. and a copy of my taxes. No offense to my Cuban friends, but they had their own lines and had no original birth certificates, and no letter of recommendation from Fidel Castro. So I don’t get it.

      Secondly, Joe said he didn’t do it.

    • Atlas_Burped
      October 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Woah, no need to call her fat, mate. McDonalds didn’t drive her into white collar crime.

  16. Joanna
    October 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Thanks for all the detail Fame. I am glad this is all out there now.
    Maybe Teresa can wake up this morning feeling a bit better about things.

  17. WindyCityWondering
    October 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Wondering when the IRS will enter the picture?

  18. DD
    October 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Wow I guess Jac can now say she is criminally insane. This is so sad. Don’t know why but the whole situation is so serious that it makes me sad. I guess I’m sad for their children and what they are going to have to possibly go through in life knowing what their parents have allegedly done to make themselves look like they were rolling in dough. I think this has topped all lows of any housewife ever in the history of the HW programs. I just can’t help but think that Bravo knew all of this all along and gave the Laurita’s and Manzo’s enough rope to hang themselves. Next…….. Gorga’s.

    • redmoon
      October 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      She was sane enough to dig through magazine after magazine and find information to use to confront Teresa. And the outlandish accusations that she came up with-insinuating T was buying extra purses and spending more money because it would just be adding to the bankruptcy. Jac pretended like she was concerned but she was really trying to expose what she thought was going on (based on what she (Jac) and her husband where up to). Jac was also trying to distance herself from the Giudices, because she didn’t want to be exposed or look more likely to be doing the same thing. Ironically her harshness toward the Giudices caused a force from fans to expose the Luaritas. That’s why she is apologizing for saying she wishes Joe would go to jail. She knows that same force will ‘will’ for her ass to put behind bars.

  19. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Karmas a Bitch!!

  20. stacyl
    October 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    I can’t imagine Jac. saying what she did at the reunion knowing that this was looming.

  21. happylady
    October 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I’m just wondering ,with all this money floating around they couldn’t spare any so their child could see a specialist instead of waiting for their insurance? I don’t know how much it would’ve cost, however I’m thinking probably less then one lease payment for a maserati or a bently.

    • Joanna
      October 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      LOL. Good point.

    • Prisous
      October 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      I agree everyone knows tht money gets you anywhere faster. I dont buy that waiting list theory. When u have money there is no waiting list. Jmo.

    • RahRah
      October 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Yeah, that is a strange one and an expense that is tax deductible.

    • October 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Oh geez… I started reading comments from bottom up… I said the same thing below. Sorry, I didn’t intentionally ignore your comment.

    • Joanna
      October 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Didn’t Chris say to Joe in Napa that a magazine offered Jax $50,000 and she turned it down? Wouldn’t that have helped pay doctors for their sick son? They are both habitual liars.

      • Atlas_Burped
        October 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        If it came down to it, I feel sure that Jacqueline would accept tabloid money if turning it down meant that Nicholas would be denied the best of care, what mother wouldn’t? But surely the Lauritas can find money when they want it. Especially if these accusations have any truth to them ..

  22. Bambi
    October 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Jac is forced to be humble. She should be glad no one blurred this out @reunion! I’m sure they all knew

    • DD
      October 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      What I find interesting is Jac said she hopes Joe G. goes to prison at the reunion and look at her. This is the real thing. Also Caroline’s prediction was Tre would divorce Joe G. and she is rumored split from Big Al. The Karma is at the flood gates and ready to bust. All we need now is Meho to go back to stripping and say “I’m saving my family the only way I know how” ! hahahahahahahaha

  23. October 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Amazing that there’s no charges there for medical bills. All that money spent on all those extravagances but they had to wait 18 months for the most important thing of all. That’s really sad.

    • Maru the Cat
      March 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Well put!

  24. Jeannie5233
    October 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Interesting chain of recent events:

    On Oct. 22nd, the U.S. Trustee filed a Motion to extend the Fact Discovery part of the investigation into the Signature Apparel Group case It was originally scheduled to be completed on October. 26, 2012.

    The reasons the Trustee needs more time: failure to turn over SAG’s company records and inventory; failure to cooperate in a timely manner in scheduling depositions from the Lauritas; possible tampering and corruption of SAG computers (uh-oh this is a biggie people!); among other things.

    On that same date, October 22nd, Jacs tweeted:

    @JacLuarita: Great LONG productive meeting today! Excited about many things! I’ve been busy, busy, busy! Kids & hubby are great. Things are moving along. 12:10pm

    in what looks, to me, as an attempt at damage control and spin doctoring. She definitely is spinning, that’s for sure!

    • October 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      Jeannie.. Yeah, but it looks Ike this was the big plan of Jac Laurita, right? NO attorney or event mediocre or person would hae advised someone to post those tweets… ESP on that particular day.

      She seems to think she’s terribly clever at furthering her storyline. And judging from the mosh pit she made of last season it will be interesting to see what kind of edit she gets I season 5.

  25. October 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Chris neglected to turn over Signature Apparel computers and has used the excuse that he was using them for other businesses. Apparently these same computers were found to have viruses once they were turned over by Chris. He’s in deep dodo.

    • DD
      October 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      T..A..M..P..E..R..I..N..G……………………..

    • Maru the Cat
      March 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Really? Chris was definitely being shady!

  26. October 26, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    I LOVE this site. Thanks Fame for all of your info

  27. October 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    You Guyssss!! This is UNREAL !! It takes GREED to a whole new level. What im thinking about is , do you remember a couple of seasons ago, the opener , when they each have their little catch phrase..one liner?? Do you remember Jac’s?? Something like..” It’s nice to have nice things…blah, blah” Im sure someone here knows the rest. But it’s really kinda spooky now to think that it was all basically stolen and illegal.
    Maybe Im naive, but up until that last reunion show, I really bought Chris L’s bs. He seemed like the most gentle and level- headed of the bunch.
    This is so serious and sickening. The impact it will have on their kids is irrevocable.
    Also…does anyone know for sure if Jac signed on for s5 officially?? I couldnt bring myself to get past page one of her blog yesterday.
    Im sure Bravo is thinking “WTF have we gotten ourselves into with this Jersey crew” NO other HW franchise has this much underhanded , illegal, lying, stripping, house flipping, table flipping,
    hookah smoking, cannoli making, water selling, bullying, vinyard fking, c**t calling, recipe stealing, gay sister threatening to kill, auto-tuned wanna-be, erection showing…..you get the point.
    Look, I was born and raised in New Jersey, Italian , second generation. I knew Bravo struck gold when they tapped into this franchise. This was sooo much fun the first 2 seasons, then I think it got uglier and uglier..(enter the Gorgons)
    I want to see Teresa vindicated. I can only hope that s5 will bring the Fked Four DOWN.

    • DD
      October 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      hahahahaha too funny

    • October 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Good point. I just added it to the article:

      “Everyone likes to have nice things, but I’m not one to brag about it.” – Jacqueline Laurita, RHONJ Season 1- 2 Tagline

      • October 26, 2012 at 8:06 PM

        There Ya Go !! I knew someone would have it…. FAME !! Thank you for this amazing site!!
        Great work : o Im addicted.

        • October 26, 2012 at 8:57 PM

          Thanks where is my tiara and to everyone else for all your wonderful compliments!

    • Chelly
      October 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      Where is my tiara – that was great!!!

    • Bambi
      October 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      THIS!!!!! Just gave me life! Lol love it

  28. Prisous
    October 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Welcome to @parenting @JacLaurita We know your experiences raising a son with autism will touch a slew of readers next year! ThnkU4 sharing!
    4:50pm – 26 Oct 12

    @apconnery via twitter she is the editorial director of parenting mag voice ur opinion

    • dunnwrightpr
      October 27, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      Jac is truly the most self-centered, egotistical person on TV (tied with Melissa). How is this information not in the mainstream media?! I work in public relations and this information needs to be common knowledge. Jac should not be getting any gigs from her “fame.” Especially gigs related to parenting. What a joke. The teen moms on MTV’s infamous show are better parents than Jac, and that’s not saying much.

      Expressing concern to companies is good, especially if you post on their Facebook pages – companies hate to have negative posts on their page, and good companies will respond to these negative posts and many times change their path, with enough urging. Everyone should go to the Parenting Facebook page and tell them you’re disgusted with their recent “hire” of Jac Laurita and won’t be buying another magazine and are telling all of your friends to do the same.

      I monitor several of my clients social media assets for a living, and I promise you even one post makes a difference. 95 percent of the time, the head of PR at the corporate level, has the final say on all social media statements.

    • happylady
      October 27, 2012 at 1:56 AM

      I wonder if they’ll have to change the focus of her column from Autisim to How to raise your kids from behind bars. Hopefully the warden where she maybe gets assigned will allow her to keep up wirh her new journalism career.That will help reach a slew of readers for sure. Geez , this just keeps getting more depressing and sad.

  29. Silvia
    October 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    they are in a deeeeeep !!! And they have audacity to call out Teresa and Juicy on lame lame things like some made up set up? Someone is desperate trying to turn spotlight off of the debt by trying to make up as much fake “drama” with T.

    I soooo believe Jacko was involved in set up and she with nasty Caro came out with it to put spotlight on T ( because they can not believe she is getting out of her issues so succesfuly ) this is beyond jealousy , this is nasty nasty behavior .

    I can imagine godfather Caro trying to spin in – ” lets make T the vilan so nobody will pay attention to our own issues, I’m so smart, am I? ” . Well .ladies, T owned it. Its time for you to own it . And I sooo believe that beautiful child is healthy and this is just a maneuver trying to avoid jail .It all makes even bigger sense now , thanks to Fame’s hard work .

    • October 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      i said it first!!!!!!!!!!!!!is the child really ill ?

      • Silvia
        October 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        makes u think he is not. Where are the medical bills in all of that? Why wait 18 months for diagnoses…is it really a coincidence ( including her being a kinda /sorta / wannabe spoke person ) they are coming with autism publicly now? Sounds like its on cue, perfect timing. I saw photos of her doing what she calls – doing research- on autism – sitting behind big table with reading glasses on, surrounded by 100 open books and writing something down…who does that so publicly? Once again – I can see Caroline all over this – this is such a Caro move – to spin it like that.

        • Atlas_Burped
          October 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

          Be careful guys, Nicholas is a real person. Jacqueline’s tears about his regression were real, no one would lie about something so big, no way. It didn’t take 18 months for them to do something about it, it took 18 months to solidify a diagnosis and get on a treatment plan’. When you’ve got a small child with behavioural/social issues it is a long and complicated process to do so, it’s not a “you have spots, diagnosis measles, here’s some medicine, go home” kind of situation

          • Jeannie5233
            October 28, 2012 at 2:11 PM

            I agree – I feel very, very strongly that making assumptions about Nicholas and questioning his diagnosis should be off-limits. Jacs may have gone “public” with this so some people feel it is something to be discussed but I think we should all be respectful of Nicholas and be gracious in keeping him out of the equation. He is an innocent – a beautiful little boy – God bless him.

            • Silvia
              October 28, 2012 at 8:31 PM

              let’s wait and see. we are respectful of him and wish him well. but desprerate times call for desperate measures. maybe I’m wrong, but maybe you are wrong.

              • Jeannie5233
                October 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM

                I am not making a judgement as to whether or not Nicholas has autism. I am certainly not qualified, have never met him, and not seen enough “evidence” to doubt his parents. So, therefore, I feel I have no right to question. I do, however, believe this child is being expoited by his parents. And yes, you Silvia, unlike others, have been respectful of him.

  30. Victoria Veney
    October 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    These people are a JOKE they have been putting T and Joe’s personal life and their bankruptcy on blast and telling everyone that would listen about Joe’s legal issues and these POS are stealing millions of dollars from thier own companies!!! Really JacAss?!! Seriously?!!5yh I cant belive the morals these bitches have they all have but T and Joe thru hell over their personal issues and their legal issues and these idiots are 10 x worser than T and Joe ever thought about being!!! I hope that Jac Ass and MeHo and Caro clown and Katfish get everything they deserve next season. Jac better watch was she wishes for cause iit just might be her ass going to jail or Chris’s ass instead of Joe Giudice wouldn’t that be a bitch!! These people are pathetic white trash who brings out everyone eles personal problems to try and hide their own!!

    • October 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Well Chris did bring home a stripper from Las Vegas. Did he think he was bringing home somebody without serious issues? He is shady. Joe was so right about him. How many freaking shell corporations does this guy have? He has the sleigh of hand at the bank. Meanwhile these are real people that he robbed of their money. Looks like he doesn’t give a shit to me.

  31. Prisous
    October 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Lol so Jacq has the Gorgas @ her house playing cards tonight and Teresa is having dinner with Victoria Gotti …. Hummm where would u like to be at Jaq’s house or with Tre? Lol

    • Silvia
      October 26, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      playing cards? does that mean no mall autotune singing appearance for Mel this weekend? They are probably drinking up their jealousy over T hanging out with Gotti! Victoria Gotti should be a new housewife! hahaha! wanna be godfather versus godfather ! 🙂

      • Prisous
        October 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM

        I guess not… They are probably playing poker while having drinks talking about what they read here for the past three days lol…. Damage control …lol… While Tre is living it up chatting away wit Gotti,!

        Ohh yes would love to see gotti on RHWONJ. That would be something head on with Caroline and making Jaq cry and putting Mellisa in her place! Lol lol

        • Detroitrockcity
          October 27, 2012 at 1:14 AM

          That’s toooo funny !!You read my mind !!! You know damm well they read this sight !!Hope they learn something !!I know I sure did !!!Wow great job Fame!!! Thanks for all your effort and hard work!I read every day !!You should get paid for all your time put in !! Love You !!Way better then Bravo !!Any Day!!!

          • Prisous
            October 27, 2012 at 1:30 AM

            Nah what was really funny was chris Laurita going into Joe gorgans cell and puttin on twitter a pic of Joe Go he found bare chested in his nice crisp undies u know one of those bathroom limme see my muscles and how good i look shots!…

            Now that was funny thier stupidity amazes me for people who are over 30..

            Tsk tsk i am sure Ashley and lauren enjoyed the pic along with the lauritas mom and sister and nieces ….

            Idiotas!!…..

            I am sure Chris. Is missing joe guidice they seemed to really like eachother now he has to deal with this 15 yr for his wifes sake…..

            • Prisous
              October 27, 2012 at 1:44 AM

              Ps mind u she jaq L. Tweets a pic of her son Nick with his pants sagging saying she cant believe at his age he is already saggin his pants. And u can see the poor childs half. Butt cheeks…

              Infreakincredible!! Show a little respect to ur autistic child! For the love of God the chick must be drunk!

              A twitter posted thier dismay telling her they cant believe she posted that pic. I cant believe it it either but then again if she is a lil tipsy u lose ur common sense!

            • isolde
              October 27, 2012 at 4:48 AM

              What was that about how hurt the Lauritas said they were about Teresa going to Dina and hanging out with their sister, and talking about Caroline? I suppose the Lauritas and Gorgas are playing cards and talking about the weather and flowers. Hope they are figuring out how to get out of their own legal and financial problems.Since they are all liars and schemers, they should have some good advice for one another.

            • October 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

              The bigger question is what is he doing going through Joe Gorga’s cellphone? I believe Joey gave him the picture and asked him to send it out there into cyberspace. Earth to Joey. Nobody cares about your little wee-wee and steroid induced muscles. go Away. Leak the sex tape and go away already.

          • Detroitrockcity
            October 27, 2012 at 6:02 AM

            Victoria Gotti is The mob princess !!You Gotti be kidding me !!!!VERY SMART COOKIE !! WONDER IF SHE READS FAME ??RECOMMENDED FROM D TOWN!!

        • Jeannie5233
          October 27, 2012 at 8:19 AM

          That would be too funny but, in reality, I think Victoria Gotti lives in NY

          • Detroitrockcity
            October 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

            she can live in China as long as she can read and write !

        • October 28, 2012 at 8:32 PM

          LOL! Could you imagine Caroline telling Victoria Gotti, “You’re Garbage!”

    • happylady
      October 27, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      Omg Victoria Gotta would be awesome as a housewife, and Andy wouldn’t dare pull any shit with her, he wouldn’t want to end up sleeping with the fishes.

      • October 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        That would be awesome. Can’t she get a little cottage in N.J. just so she can be on the show? anyway, Taylor, Kyle, Kim, and brandy don’t live in Beverly Hills and they never did.

        • Silvia
          October 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

          If Bravo is smart, they should cast her – as a T friend . Bravo would get ratings they want and we would get what we need too 🙂 T. should put her foot down on this one. That would be a must watch. For real!

          • Maru the Cat
            March 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

            Yes, Victoria Gotti would be a great addition to this show!

  32. elemcee
    October 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Fame, I just really want to thank you so much. I feel like this is the first article about all of this mess that I actually understood and that is saying a lot. You really made it easy for a business-impaired person. I genuinely appreciate the time you give to us. Please thank your family for sharing you with us, your readers!

  33. October 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    BRAVO FAME BRAVO!!!!

  34. mary
    October 27, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    This is what Jacqueline wrote on her blog (before her handlers took the booze and pills away, and sent her to her 7th shrink session for the week): I need $$$$$ so THERESA THERESA THERESA THERESA THERESA THERESA AND THERESA, oh yes…..THERESA THERESA PLUS THERESA, OK EVERYONE. THERESA….wait, wait, wait a second, I really need $$$$$$$$$$$ so: AUTISM, AUTISM, AUTISM AUTISM AUTISM AUTISM. See Theresa, I don’t need YOU to be relevant…I now CAN USE AUTISM! ouch…..botox hurts my brain….make it stop! Theresa get out of my head, AUTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am nice y’all…..Carolyn told me to be nice, family like, you know, THERESA THERESA THERESA….oh no…I slipped. Carolyn….you too can sell books….be nice (shhhh, say THERESA THERESA THERESA THERESA THERESA cannnnnnnnnnntttttttttttttttttttttt. stoppppppppppppppppp…………Great blog. I am convinced. made up/scripted drama is really lots of fun!

    • Silvia
      October 27, 2012 at 1:39 AM

      funny!

  35. October 27, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    I don’t think Nick has autism either . . . altho’ he may be developmentally disabled or impaired . . . the timeline just doesn’t add up. Who would lie about such a thing? Why, the very people involved in the shenanigans of this article. I hope some of the “unnamed” benefactors of the siphoning of funds turns out to be Caroline & Crew. Can this info PLEASE be leaked before her advice book release, lol? I used to post @ the old Gawker that step-daddy Chris gave me the creepy vibe – scam artist-thief isn’t a big leap.

    Great idea on voicing my opinion to Parenting Magazine – doesn’t ANYONE watch the show before hiring these whacks? (No disrespect meant toward those flea markets hiring Melissa)

    • Detroitrockcity
      October 27, 2012 at 5:38 AM

      OMG SOMEONE SHOULD SEND FAMES POST STRAIGHT AWAY TO P MAG!!SAVE THEM THE SHAME !!!

      • Detroitrockcity
        October 27, 2012 at 7:45 AM

        Wow like caro said thicker then thieves ?Let’s see her go against the Real Deal!!! like my dad says “You made your bed Now lay in it”!!

        • Detroitrockcity
          October 27, 2012 at 7:47 AM

          Just Sayen?!!

    • Detroitrockcity
      October 27, 2012 at 7:53 AM

      Love fleamarkets ,Not the fleas!!!!

      • Detroitrockcity
        October 27, 2012 at 8:03 AM

        Horse heads in your bed!!Hehe !!

        • Detroitrockcity
          October 27, 2012 at 8:07 AM

          Where is KD when you need her?

          • Detroitrockcity
            October 27, 2012 at 8:25 AM

            The truth will come it soon enough !Thanks to our own Nancy Drew !

            • Detroitrockcity
              October 27, 2012 at 8:27 AM

              oops ment out!

              • October 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

                This just keeps getting better and better……Love what YOU ALL post here~~ ❤

    • Detroitrockcity
      October 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      Back to Creepy /Step -Dads ,?,, Giving her a car then selling it to a “friend “??? WTF ???

      • Detroitrockcity
        October 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        I wish I was a fly on the wall sometime!?!

        • Detroitrockcity
          October 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

          SOMETIMES!!

          • Detroitrockcity
            October 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

            tomato ,tamto! ya know what im sayen !

            • Silvia
              October 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

              Detroitrockcity – I’m also from D!! GO TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              • Detroitrockcity
                October 28, 2012 at 1:46 AM

                Very Sad!! Tigers bombed again!WTF !!We need lots of prayers !! and a butt load ofLuck !!!

              • Detroitrockcity
                October 28, 2012 at 2:05 AM

                Hello sister Silvia !!!didn’t do so hot tonight 😥 one more chance !!!

                • Silvia
                  October 28, 2012 at 8:33 PM

                  hello D sister! let’s hope tonight will be a good one! go tigers, if they win tonight, verlander tomorrow – we can still win!

      • October 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        Detroitrockcity (love ur name)
        Whats the story about “giving her a car then selling it?” huh? Im confused..lol
        Is this about ashley?

        • Prisous
          October 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

          Sorry for buttin in he had given Ashlee a car cuase eshe was doing good in school or sumthing like that when she start “acting up” he took it away and they supposedly sold it to a friend.
          i call Bullshizzle on that it was probably leased also along with the maserati…

          I mean if that is wat Detroitrock city is talkin about …..

          • Detroitrockcity
            October 28, 2012 at 1:49 AM

            ya that’s what i was talking about ,Thanks Prisous !

    • Atlas_Burped
      October 28, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      “I don’t think Nick has autism either” wow, think about what you’re saying. Imagine if that was your child people were talking about.

  36. October 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Reblogged this on anythingnjhousewives and commented:
    it amazes me that jaqueline laurita rages at juci and teresa claimig juicy should go to jail and yet her very own husband has one foot in jail and the other on a pile of stolen money…its called fraud and embezzlement! Jaqueline has to be the biggest hypocrite I’ve ever seen…makes sense why sshe is coming out now with the news that her son is autistic…she is hoping for the sympathy card. She found out about her son over a year ago…certainly during filming of season 4 and she never made even a mention of her son. While at the same time she’s demanding teresa tell her all of their personal business and not just to her but on national tv. She has made issue with teresa supposedly using tabloids and yet who did jaqueline run to when she wanted her sons story out? THE TABLOIDS. She didn’t believe teresa when she said she didn’t get paid but wants everyone to believe SHE HERSELF DIDN’T GET PAID. The hypocrisy amazes me! Chris claims they were going thru a lot last year and now we see why. I hope there is a full investigation into jaqueline and chris laurita….. I wonder if she feels her own husband should be in jail for fraud and embezzlement. Its funny how they all threw digs at teresa claiming they pay their bills and tre doesn’t (jaq and melissa gorga) but here they are BROKE and stealing money to keep up with the jones’ and living in spec houses. Teresa withdrew her personal bankruptcy and started paying her debtors and jaqueline and her husband are running from theirs! Shame on the lauritas…there’s not much worse than a thief!

    • Aleshia
      October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Jacqueline doesn’t surprise me one bit anymore. I was taken aback (momentarily) when she made that statement about Joe Giudice. But then I thought about the numerous other ways she has made a hypocritical ass of herself. Like the time she reprimanded Juicy (in her blog of course) for the comment he made about Greg having a “loose hole” and taunted him by saying shame on you and Teresa too for laughing. But it was so evident everyone on the bus was laughing including her own husband, not to mention his roommates/best friends. Once she jumps on the hate bandwagon she doesn’t seem to be able to control herself. She starts saying and doing anything to make the person out to be a villain. She is certifiable.

  37. Atlas_Burped
    October 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    These super rich types always seem to be living on money that isn’t real. I’d like to see a RH whose fortune isn’t somewhat dodgy… not defending anything the Lauritas have allegedly done but it really does seem to be part of the culture of the business elite and I have no doubt that every last one of them is guilty of exploiting all the legal and illegal loopholes they can find

    • October 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      I agree. Existing on credit and overdrafts. It always amazes me. I invoice for the work I do, the bigger the company, the slower they pay. Cash poor but “asset” rich.

  38. Carolyn
    October 29, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    This blog is incredible. I love it. Fame, you are truly gifted. I truly enjoy reading (I just discovered it a few weeks ago). I always liked Teresa and could never stand the way the editing on the show made her look foolish. It was so outrageous at times that I wondered if, at the reunion, they would all admit it was all for the cameras and everyone was in on everything, thus making them all friends and family. No such luck. That’s what i get for being optimistic and thinking that people couldn’t be that rude, trashy, or stupid on national TV. Now, I can’t wait for them to get what’s coming to them for ganging up on Teresa. She is golden in my book.

    Keep up the great blog!

  39. July 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    According to an inside source:

    “Teresa and Joe made their bankruptcy a storyline – they chose to focus on it. They brought more attention to it themselves. The Giudices and their attorney thought it was fine to film in his office. As for the Lauritas, their situation doesn’t just involve them. The Laurita bankruptcy involves five family members, three of which are not on the show (two of Chris’ brothers were part of the company too – three brothers in total). Also, Chris in prior seasons didn’t feature his business on the show. Anthony Laurita tweets or retweets are interesting… about learning from mistakes and being better for it.”

    2014 UPDATES TO THE LAURITA BANKRUPTCY:

    On June 10, 2014 Jacqueline and her husband filed documents pleading with the court, explaining that they want to settle the case but the Trustee refuses to do so.

    “In essence, the Responsible Person seeks approval for a settlement with the ROC Defendants on the basis that litigation is inherently uncertain and sometimes wasteful,” the paperwork reads.

    “Given the facts, and the current endorsement by the Responsible Person of a potential settlement with the ROC defendants, it is incomprehensible that the Responsible Person has refused to engage in any good faith settlement negotiations with the Laurita defendants.”

    Struggling to recover from the financial reverses caused by the bankruptcy filing and ongoing litigation, the Lauritas argue their resources continue to dwindle.

    They are asking the court to order the Trustee to have settlement talks with them to resolve the matter and salvage their monetary future.

    https://amradaronline.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/laurita3-signed.pdf

    BubbaJax Laurita Et Al DUMPED By Their Signature Apparel Attorneys …For Not Paying Legal Fees!

    http://stoopidhousewives.com/2014/07/17/rhonj-jaclaurita-et-al-dumped-by-signature-apparel-attorneys-for-not-paying-legal-fees/

    Jacqueline Laurita’s Legal Team Pleads To Drop Her As A Client In Bankruptcy — Claims ‘RHONJ’ Star Owes Them Money

    RadarOnline
    July 24, 2014

    The legal team working for Chris and Jacqueline Laurita in their bankruptcy case has dropped the reality TV couple as clients, claiming they are still owed a “significant amount of money” from the former Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

    The Laurita’s finances are in shambles after their clothing company, Signature Apparel, failed and filed for bankruptcy in 2009 — only to be accused of knowing the company was going under while taking out money for personal use in an attempt to defraud their creditors.

    As a result, the Trustee of the bankruptcy case sued for the $7.8 million to pay back their creditors.

    Troutman Sanders LLP was engaged by the Lauritas in 2010 to help them in their defense of the fraud claims, but in a July 16 filing with the Bankruptcy Court in New York, the legal team entered a plea to withdraw as counsel for the Lauritas.

    “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,” the filing reads.

    “Troutman Sanders has submitted numerous invoices to the Lauritas since the commencement of this representation, and while it has received partial payments in the past, it is currently owed a significant amount of money for past statements.”

    Troutman Sanders claims they have made several attempts over the past several months to resolve the monetary issue with no results.

    “While Troutman Sanders has continued to represent the Lauritas pursuant to the terms of the Engagement Letter, the Lauritas have failed to comply with their financial obligations to Troutman Sanders. Moreover, the Lauritas’ recently expressed unease at being represented by one firm at trial, demonstrates that the attorney-client relationship between the Lauritas and Troutman Sanders has become untenable,” the document states.

    “Accordingly, Troutman Sanders seeks to withdraw as counsel for the Lauritas pursuant to Rule 2090-1(e) of the Local Rules for the Southern District of New York, which permits withdrawal by order of the Court for cause shown.”

    As Radar previously reported, the couple’s never-ending legal woes have left them in financial ruin.

    The judge has yet to rule on Troutman Sanders’ request.

    http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/07/jacqueline-laurita-legal-team-drop-her-client-bankruptcy/

    ‘RHONJ’ Star Jacqueline Laurita — Creditor Accuses Her Of Playing Dirty Legal Games, Purposely Delaying $7.8M Legal Battle
    July 31, 2014

    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.

    http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/07/jacqueline-laurita-accused-delaying-lawsuit-rhonj/

    http://www.realitytea.com/2014/08/01/creditors-accuse-jacqueline-laurita-chris-laurita-purposely-delaying-bankruptcy-trial-avoid-debts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=creditors-accuse-jacqueline-laurita-chris-laurita-purposely-delaying-bankruptcy-trial-avoid-debts

    DOCUMENTS: Creditor Accuses Former ‘RHONJ’ Star Jacqueline Laurita Of Purposely Delaying Their $7.8M Lawsuit

    https://amradaronline.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/laurita-new-signed.pdf

    “The problem with all of these people is none of them want a real job. The kind where you get up and go to work at the same place 8-10 hours a day five days a week and EARN a paycheck. The kind where you have a boss. No they all think they need to be their own boss or the boss of someone else and be handed huge amounts of money for doing nothing. The sense of entitlement amongst The Real Housewives of FRAUDVILLE is absolutely mind boggling.” – Babycakes, July 31, 2014, RadarOnline

    “The Giudices were charged criminally after their civil bankruptcy hearing because of misrepresentations to the court. Chris Laurita’s lawyers actually had to notify the bankruptcy court that Laurita had blatantly lied in a sworn affidavit in connection with allegations he was trying to hide and/or destroy evidence so that the attorneys wouldn’t be charged with conspiracy and suborning perjury themselves. Chris and his brother (both Dina and Caroline Manzo’s brothers) will almost certainly be charged criminally when the bankruptcy case is over, that’s why they’re trying to string out the civil bankruptcy case as long as they can. The only reason they haven’t been indicted is because the bankruptcy case is still going on, and again, that’s why they’ve been trying to delay the case at every turn, to delay being indicted. But the attorneys’ statement as to their client’s criminal conduct is very clear.” – GPM, July 31, 2014, RadarOnline

    Lawyers Blast Bankrupt ‘RHONJ’ Star Jacqueline Laurita’s Attempt To Seal Court Documents Showing Her Big Spending—Despite Flaunting Her Lavish Lifestyle On Show
    RadarOnline
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 3:45AM

    Lawyers in Jacqueline and Chris Laurita’s ongoing $8 million bankruptcy lawsuit are blasting the couple for attempting to seal court documents.

    The legal experts snipe the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars exploit their entire life for profit, and they shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose what the public knows.

    “The Lauritas make no arguments and assert no facts consistent with the heightened standard required for sealing documents,” state the legal papers RadarOnline has obtained exclusively.

    Read The Court Documents

    Additionally, lawyers blast the allegedly broke and struggling Laurita family for attempting to cover up the lavish lifestyle and big spending that helped make them famous, including “Adeline Laurita’s conspicuous shopping and spending habits which, generally, involved using corporate credit cards and expenses to finance her personal lifestyle.”

    The plaintiff’s lawyers explain the Lauritas’ attempt to seal documents is self-serving nonsense since “it is the Lauritas who chose to maintain their ‘public personas’ in an extremely open fashion, by participating in a ‘reality’ television show that is filmed inside their home and highlights their material goods and spending habits.”

    “It lacks credibility to now contend that they are genuinely concerned about their privacy for actions taken during the very period they were maintaining their public personas for profit.”

    The lawyers’ response concludes that the Lauritas have failed to identify anything in the documents that is “confidential” or “scandalous” and have thus not met their legal burden in requesting to keep details of the bankruptcy case private.

    “The most that they can assert is a vague and hollow argument that the information could be ‘a road map’ for parties seeking to harm the Lauritas because of their public personas.”

    http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/09/jacqueline-laurita-real-housewives-new-jersey-bankruptcy-lawsuit-sealed-documents-request/

    OCTOBER 2014 UPDATES:

    http://stoopidhousewives.com/2014/10/29/laurita-got-2335000-for-walking-around-the-office-rhonj-jaclaurita/

    http://stoopidhousewives.com/2014/10/29/signature-apparel-update-putting-the-brakes-on-joseph-laurita-1-million-settlement-rhonj-jaclaurita/

    http://stoopidhousewives.com/2014/10/29/laurita-signature-apparel-lawsuit-what-do-you-mean-by-bad-guys/

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