Not so fast!
Despite claims, it turns out Jacqueline and Chris Laurita’s legal woes are far from being resolved.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey couple owes over $290,000 to their legal team adding to their mounds of financial debt.
According to Bankruptcy Court documents obtained by Radar Online, Jacqueline and Chris were dropped as clients by their attorneys after failure to pay their mounting legal bills.
“It would present an undue hardship on the firm to continue its representation without adequate and regular compensation,” Jacqueline and Chris’ former attorneys claim.
The documents went on to say, “Seidman & Pincus is a small firm, consisting of only three or four attorneys dedicated to the practice of law on a full-time basis, two to three of which attorneys devoted time to this matter. Given the foregoing, an ever growing receivable…in excess of $290,000 simply cannot be sustained without causing a serious strain on the firm’s cash flow and ability to operate in the best interests of its clients.”
The firm represented Chris and Jacqueline in two cases after their former lawyer dropped them. However, in November a judge signed off on a motion to allow the firm to quit, due to non-payment.
Now company suing the Laurita’s is responding to the latest allegations against the couple and is making a point to call out their extravagant lifestyle.
“The Application in Support of the Motion states that the Laurita’s ‘are unable or unwilling to meet their obligation to pay their legal fees that are due and owing,’” Signature Apparel’s response said. “Based upon publically available information, including in social media posts in which the Laurita’s boast about remodeling their home and undergoing plastic surgery, and in television programs in which the Laurita’s claim to be operating a profitable business, Signature disputes any notion that the Laurita’s might be unable to pay their attorneys.”
Adding, “Signature is concerned that the Laurita’s professed inability to pay their attorneys is a tactic designed to delay, disadvantage or thwart their creditors.”
Jacqueline and Chris’ financial struggles were featured on season 7 of RHONJ and Jacqueline further detailed their issues in a blog post.
“The last two years have been challenging for Chris and I financially, because it takes time to build a new business and profit from it, especially in order to continue living the lifestyle we’ve been accustomed to living while meeting all of our financial obligations,” Jacqueline wrote. “After my husband lost his company during that rough economy, it took some time for the decrease in income to catch up to us. We were also not prepared for the cost of raising a child with special needs. No matter what financial challenges and obligations we’ve faced, Nicholas’ needs have always been a huge top priority for us, and we’ve done everything we can to not disrupt his routine. Somehow, during our struggle, we have managed to stick it out and keep fighting to get through it.”
Somehow Jacqueline and Chris have failed to mention that their house was once in foreclosure and that still owe over $340,000 in state taxes. Instead, Jacqueline boasts about her home renovations, vacations and plastic surgeries on social media.
Why am I not surprised at any of this. Fans quickly caught on that Jacqueline’s constant discussion of Teresa’s legal and financial troubles was her deflecting and preventing anyone from looking into her own money troubles. While I don’t wish financial hardship on anyone, I’m glad that the Laurita’s true colors are finally being revealed.