Singer and actress Erika Jayne at the 2017 American Music Awards. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Lawyer must wait his turn to sue Erika Jayne Girardi, trustee says

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(Reuters) – A chapter trustee overseeing the property of Tom Girardi’s defunct regulation agency is asking a choose to delay a lawsuit in opposition to Girardi’s estranged spouse, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne Girardi.

Chicago regulation agency Edelson sued the Girardis in federal courtroom in December, alleging they misappropriated settlement funds to fund their “glitz-and-glam” existence. The lawsuit triggered a flood of claims led by Girardi’s former companions that compelled Girardi Keese out of business.

Edelson earlier this month requested a Los Angeles chapter choose to permit it to pursue its claims in opposition to Erika Girardi regardless of an computerized pause within the case triggered by the Girardi agency’s chapter.

However Chapter 7 trustee Elissa Miller stated in a Tuesday filing that the keep is required for her to examine whether or not regulation agency property had been fraudulently transferred to the fact star.

“Edelson’s motion will disrupt the GK trustee’s administration of the GK estate,” Miller wrote.

U.S. Chapter Decide Barry Russell has scheduled a Nov. 2 listening to on the matter.

Miller declined to remark. Jay Edelson, the founder and CEO of Edelson, stated his agency is engaged on a reply to Miller’s submitting.

“One thing that the trustee misunderstood was our firm’s financial interest in this scandal,” Edelson stated in an e-mail. “We are not, as the trustee suggested, trying to ‘cut in line.’ Rather, our view is that the clients need to be paid first.”

Erika Girardi, represented within the chapter by Evan Borges from Greenberg Gross, opposed Edelson PC’s movement in a Wednesday submitting. Borges didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Attorneys for Tom Girardi and Girardi Keese have acknowledged in federal courtroom that the settlement funds at situation within the Edelson lawsuit weren’t distributed. Erika Girardi has not responded in that case, nor have attorneys entered appearances for her.

Jason Rund, the Chapter 7 trustee overseeing Tom Girardi’s private property, stated in his personal Tuesday filing that he had no objection to the Edelson agency pursuing claims in opposition to Erika Girardi so long as Russell retains “exclusive jurisdiction” to decide whether or not Erika Girardi’s property truly belong to her estranged husband.

The case is In re Thomas Vincent Girardi, U.S. Chapter Court docket for the Central District of California, 2:20-bk-21020.

For Elissa Miller: Philip Strok, Kyra Andrassy and Timothy Evanston, of Smiley Wang-Ekvall

For Jason Rund: Timothy Yoo and Carmela Pagay of Levene Neale Bender Yoo & Brill

For Edelson: Rafey Balabanian of Edelson

For Erika Jayne Girardi: Evan Borges of Greenberg Gross

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David Thomas

David Thomas stories on the enterprise of regulation, together with regulation agency technique, hiring, mergers and litigation. He’s primarily based out of Chicago. He might be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @DaveThomas5150.