REAL Housewives of New Jersey fiancé Teresa Giudice, Luis Ruelas, has been sued for “refusing to pay over $44,000” to a salesman for his food company amid his nasty $113,000 lawsuit.
Luis, 47, proposed to Teresa, 49, in October after a year of dating and has appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
The Sun previously reported that he was sued by a salesman at his grocery business for failing to pay $113,404.40.
Now The Sun can exclusively reveal that he was sued for $44,490 by a separate seller on February 3, 2021.
Northeast Banana Corp sued Produce Depot, Luis and a business partner.
The lawsuit reads, “Between November 30, 2020 or December 14, 2020, NBC sold and shipped in interstate commerce wholesale quantities of products, including bananas, plantains and pineapples, totaling not less than $44,490 in face value to Produce Depot.”
The business partner named in the lawsuit “repeatedly promised” that Produce Depot would “make certain back payments for amounts due,” but Northeast Banana Company “did not receive” the payments.
The lawsuit read, “To date, Produce Depot has failed and refused to make payment for the products to NBC within the terms of payment agreed upon by the parties.”
As for Luis, he allegedly “failed to direct Produce Depot to comply with its legal obligations” and “knew or should have known that Produce Depot was in breach at all relevant times.”
Luis has been described as “Produce Depot’s controlling officer, director, member and/or shareholder, an insider with actual or constructive knowledge of PACA and the trust provisions therein, and responsible for the day-to-day administration and control of Produce Depot, including its finances, Accounts receivable, accounts payable and corporate matters.”
The lawsuit continued: “Produce Depot benefited from and was enriched by NBC’s supply of products. Produce Depot’s benefit and enrichment was at NBC’s expense.
“It would be unfair for Produce Depot, in the circumstances described herein, to retain the benefit and enrichment from the Products without paying NBC for the Products.”
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 elected to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit.
The lawsuit came months before Produce Depot, Luis and his business partner were sued by another vendor.
In court filings obtained by The Sun, on September 23, 2021, CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc sued Produce Depot, Luis and a business partner.
The court filings allege that the company sold “fresh fruits and vegetables” to Luis’ company for “$113,404.40” on October 20, 2020 and November 13, 2020.
According to the court filing, “Produce Depot failed and, despite due requests, refused to pay for goods ordered, received and accepted by plaintiff.”
Plaintiff is also asking defendants to pay all attorneys’ fees and interest.
The lawsuit alleges that Luis and his business partner “are or were owners, officers, directors, members and/or at least 10 percent shareholders of Produce Depot during the relevant period, making them ‘responsible associations.'”
The plaintiff claimed the two men were “responsible for day-to-day operations” and “have full decision-making authority over Produce Depot’s assets.”
Luis fights back
Luis and the other defendants responded to the lawsuit in December 2021.
Luis and the business partner claimed they are “not persons in custody, control or administration” of the grocery store.
They asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
The company, in which Luis had a stake, then filed filings the company filed for bankruptcy on March 2, 2022, and asked the judge to temporarily stay the court case.
While the judge approved the postponement for Produce Depot and the business partner, the trial for Luis and another defendant who was later added will continue.
The Sun can confirm that the company has filed for $1,660,488.10 in bankruptcy.
Luis is listed in bankruptcy in relation to the ongoing 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 his past.
The season began with her co-stars discussing a resurfaced video featuring Luis.
In the clip, the businessman can be seen shirtless surrounded by shirtless men he calls his “brothers.”
He’s standing on the beach and seems to be talking to one of his exes.
In the video he says: “I’m coming home to see you, to get engaged and to bring our family together and finally to get married and have a life together. I’m here since a week.”
He continued, “I love our children and I hope you take this message well. Thank you I love you. Thanks for your time. I hope this touches your heart… And I hope to come home to have the opportunity to speak to you and share my experiences of my life with you.”
Actress Traci Johnson called the video “bizarre” and a “red flag,” while Jackie Goldschneider found it “weird.”
Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga said it was “crazy,” as Jennifer Aydin called it “weird shit.”
Teresa even once refused to film because of gossip about Luis.
Luis addressed the video later in the season after Margaret Josephs asked him about it.
He said later, “I grew up with a lot of trauma in my life. A friend of mine went out and started this thing called Warrior in California and a lot of men go back to their pain to see their pain get clarity.
“And I was in a relationship with a woman, so in that moment I had to learn to be vulnerable with that woman and tell her I’m sorry… because I didn’t want to commit to marriage, that’s what I want.” don’t tie me to a bad woman.
“So I apologized to a woman for not being honest and saying it’s over.”
But Margaret didn’t buy it as she said: “The video we all saw he suggested and now he’s saying it was a breakup video?”
In last week’s episode, Traci’s husband and former NFL player Tiki Barber asked Luis about allegations he molested an ex.
Luis denied the claims on the show.
In a mid-season teaser, Teresa said of Margaret, “She dragged my boyfriend through the mud.”
The two even seem to be getting over the feud physically.
The sun broke Luis was accused by an ex of engaging in “controlling and abusive” behavior from February 2019 to 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 when, after just a few months of dating, they bought a $3,350,000 mansion in Montville Township, New Jersey.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/tv/18046116/rhonj-teresa-giudice-fiance-luis-ruelas-sued-unpaid-vendor/ RHONJ star Teresa Giudice’s fiancé, Luis Ruelas, is suing for refusing to pay $44,000 to the seller amid a nasty $113,000 lawsuit