Erika Jayne has been named in a recent lawsuit along with her estranged husband Tom Girardi amid allegations of illegal business practices.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 50, was named in a legal application by Edelson PC, in addition to her firm EJ Global LLC, Girardi, 82, his law firm Girardi & Keese and his lenders asking for a minimum of $ 55 million in compensation in a jury trial, People reported Tuesday after reviewing legal documents.
The law firm of Edelson PC said in legal documents filed in the U.S. District Court – Northern District of California San Francisco that Jayne and other names in the lawsuit were involved in vandalism, conspiracy, fraud, receipt of stolen property, complicity in concealing illegally acquired money and goods, conversion and consumer remedies.
The latest: Erika Jayne, 50, has been named in a recent lawsuit along with her estranged husband Tom Girardi, 82, over allegations of illegal business practices. She was snapped up at an Oscar party in LA last month
The Atlanta-born reality star acted as’ frontwoman ‘to the illegal’ scheme ‘carried out by Girardi and his staff, Edelson told PC in court as she’ sold to the world (including unsuspecting clients) that Girardi Keese was successful ‘through her’ significant public platform ‘as the star of the popular Bravo series.
Jayne ‘showed a nationwide showroom of the money they stole from Real Housewives,’ said Edelson’s PC in forensic science, adding that she continues to ‘lie about her own commitment and try to help Tom and the others get away with it. that. ‘
Jayne ‘made the cynical decision to exploit the scandal to advance her career and stay relevant in the tabloids, meaning more exposure and a bigger paycheck for her next season of appearing on Housewives,’ the law firm said in court documents.
Edelson PC told the court that new details about Girardi & Keese can be compared to ‘a tale from a John Grisham novel’, adding that it ‘was little more than a criminal company disguised as a law firm’ running ‘the biggest criminal vandalism ‘in the history of the plaintiff’s court.
The firm Edelson PC, named Girardi, 82, his law firm Girardi & Keese, Jayne, her firm EJ Global LLC, and his lenders in the case, asking for a minimum of $ 55 million in damages in a jury trial. He was snapped up in LA in 2018
The case alleges that Jayne continues to ‘lie about her own involvement and try to help Tom and the others get away with’ alleged frauds and embezzlement
“All in all, it stole more than $ 100 million from the company’s customers, co-consultants, suppliers and many others who were unlucky enough to trade with the company.”
Edelson PC said in legal documents that Girardi & Keese’s’ outward-looking success was built on top of a house of cards’ as it ‘sucked millions off to fund Tom and Erika’s all-consuming need to spend – to finance a lifestyle so lavish that Erika was a cast in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. ‘
Jayne and Girardi, according to the Edelson PC archive, ‘played up for their wealth and the fact that Tom was a powerful lawyer who courted celebrities, judges and politicians … but that money did not earn the firm. or by Tom, but was stolen: from co-lawyers, from salespeople with long-overdue bills and – by far the most unforgivable for a lawyer – from the firm’s own damaged clients. ‘
Edelson PC founder and CEO Jay Edelson said in a statement to the business that “it will take some time to solve the decades-long fraud committed by Tom’s company”, but he is convinced that his company can prove that Girardi & Keese “was operating as a criminal enterprise.
Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi in November 2020 after a 21-year marriage, shortly before the filing of the preliminary case in Illinois. The former couple was spotted at RHOBH
Jayne was pictured Sunday at an event in Universal City, California
‘We understand that many of the people we have identified, including Erika and Tom’s partners, have focused on a campaign of lies, misinformation and blame for victims. While that tactic may work well at a RHOBH reunion show, it’s a disaster in a court of law. ‘
Jayne was originally named along with his estranged spouse in the December 2020 class action lawsuit filed by Edelson PC, who accused them of fraud and embezzlement in connection with funds earmarked for victims of the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash, in which all 189 people on board died. In January, she was fired from the ongoing lawsuit against Girardi in Illinois.
Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi in November 2020 after a 21-year marriage, shortly before the filing of the initial case.
“After much deliberation, I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi,” she said at the time. ‘This is not a step taken lightly or lightly. I have great love and respect for Tom and for our years and the lives we have built together. ‘
Girardi has since lived in a nursing home after being diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and was placed in a conservatory by his brother Robert.