REAL Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice’s fiance Luis Ruelas has been sued for ‘refusing to pay more than $44,000’ to a salesman for his farm products business amid his vicious 113 lawsuit $000.
Luis, 47, proposed to Teresa, 49, in October after a year of dating and appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
The Sun previously reported that he was sued by a salesman at his production company for failing to pay $113,404.40.
Now The Sun can exclusively reveal that he was sued by a separate vendor for $44,490 on February 3, 2021.
Northeast Banana Corp sued Produce Depot, Luis and a business partner.
The lawsuit read as follows: “Between or about November 30, 2020 and December 14, 2020, NBC sold and delivered to Produce Depot in interstate commerce quantities of wholesale products, including bananas, plantains and pineapples, for an aggregate principal amount of at least $44,490.”
The business partner mentioned in the lawsuit made “repeated promises” that Produce Depot would “make certain post-default payments for amounts owed,” but Northeast Banana Company “has not received” the payments.
The lawsuit read: “To date, Produce Depot has failed and refused to pay NBC for the products within the payment terms agreed to by the parties.”
As for Luis, he allegedly “failed to direct Produce Depot to fulfill its legal obligations” and “knew or should have known that at all times Produce Depot was in breach.”
Luis has been described as a “controller, director, member and/or shareholder of Produce Depot, an insider with actual or implied knowledge of PACA and its trust provisions, and responsible for the day-to-day management and control of Produce Depot, including its finances, accounts receivable, accounts payable and company affairs.
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The lawsuit continued: “Produce Depot benefited and grew rich from NBC’s deliveries of the Produce. The advantage and enrichment of Produce Depot was at the expense of NBC.
“It would be unfair for Produce Depot, in the circumstances described here, to retain the profit and enrichment of the product without paying NBC for the product.”
The plaintiff is asking for $44,490.
The company, Luis and his business partner did not respond to the lawsuit.
On April 8, 2021, both parties chose to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit.
The lawsuit came months before Produce Depot, Luis and his business partner were sued by a separate vendor.
In court documents obtained by The Sun, CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc sued Produce Depot, Luis and a business partner on September 23, 2021.
Court documents claim the company sold “fresh fruits and vegetables” to Luis’ company on October 20, 2020 and November 13, 2020 for “$113,404.40”.
The court documents read: “Produce Depot failed and refused to pay for the products it ordered, received and accepted from the plaintiff, despite the proper demand.”
Plaintiff also asks defendants to pay all attorneys’ fees and interest.
The lawsuit alleges that Luis and his business partner “own or were owners, officers, directors, members and/or shareholders of at least 10% of Produce Depot during the relevant period, making them ‘responsibly connected’.”
The plaintiff claimed the two men were “responsible for day-to-day operations” and “have full decision-making authority over the assets of Produce Depot.”
Luis and the other defendants responded to the lawsuit in December 2021.
Luis and the business partner claimed they were “not persons who are or were in the custody, control or management” of the product company.
They asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
The Luis company was later implicated in filings that the company filed for bankruptcy on March 2, 2022 and asked the judge to temporarily postpone the legal proceedings.
While the judge approved the postponement for Produce Depot and the business partner, the trial will remain ongoing for Luis and another defendant who was added later.
The Sun can confirm that the company filed for bankruptcy at $1,660,488.10.
Luis is listed in bankruptcy regarding the current case.
While Teresa has praised her boyfriend for his over-the-top romantic gestures on the show, her RHONJ co-stars have been suspicious of her past.
The season opened with his co-stars discussing a resurfaced video featuring Luis.
In the clip, the businessman can be seen shirtless surrounded by other shirtless men – who he calls his ‘brothers’.
He is standing on the beach and appears to be addressing one of his exes.
In the video, he says, “I’m coming home to see you, get engaged and reunite our family and finally get married and have a life together. I’ve been here a week.”
He continued, “I love our children and I hope you receive this message well. Thank you I love you. Thank you for your time. I hope this touches your heart… And I hope to return to home for the opportunity to talk to you and share with you my experience of my life.
Actor Traci Johnson called the video “weird” and a “red flag”, while Jackie Goldschneider called it “weird”.
Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga said it was “crazy”, as Jennifer Aydin called it “weird s**t”.
Teresa even refused to film at one point because of gossip about Luis.
Luis addressed the video later in the season after Margaret Josephs asked him about it.
He said in the episode: “I grew up with a lot of trauma in my life. A friend of mine came out and started this thing called Warrior in California and a lot of men are going to revisit their pain, see their pain, get clarity.
“And I was in a relationship with a woman, so I had to learn at that time to be vulnerable to that woman and say, I’m sorry…because I didn’t want to commit to a relationship. marriage, I didn’t. I don’t want to get involved with a bad woman.
“So I went to apologize to a woman for not being honest and saying it was over.”
But Margaret didn’t buy it, as she said: “The video we all saw, he was proposing and now he says it was a breakup video?”
CLAIMS FOR ABUSE
In last week’s episode, Traci’s husband and former NFL player Tiki Barber asked Luis about the allegations that he was violent towards an ex.
Luis denied the show’s claims.
In a mid-season teaser, Teresa said of Margaret, “She’s dragging my boyfriend through the mud.”
The two even seem to get physical during the feud.
The Sun broke Luis has been accused of ‘controlling and abusive’ behavior by an ex since his proposal in February 2019 until October 2019.
On May 20, the woman dismissed the lawsuit.
A rep for Luis did not respond to The Sun’s request for comment at the time.
Teresa and Luis quickly got serious, as they bought a $3,350,000 mansion in Montville Township, New Jersey after just a few months of dating.
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