As bankruptcy proceedings against her estranged husband continue, a judge has ruled that former clients of the attorney, including Joseph Ruigomez, Jaime Ruigomez, and Kathleen Ruigomez, will be allowed to collect the money he owes them from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member.
According to court records obtained by People, a judge made his ruling on Tuesday, noting that the Ruigomez family can pursue a collections lawsuit against Erika for the $11 million they are owed from Thomas for a settlement he got them in 2013.
As RHOBH fans may have heard, Thomas is accused of transferring $20 million to Erika’s various businesses before being forced into involuntary bankruptcy months ago.
“All assets identified by the Ruigomez family shall be subject to all rights of the Girardi bankruptcy estate and the [Girardi Keese] bankruptcy estate, which parties shall meet and confer in good faith to determine the character/ownership of the identified assets,” a new document states, also noting, “The Ruigomez Family, the Girardi Trustee, and the GK Trustee shall cooperate with each other with their collection efforts against Erika.”
Joseph Ruigomez was injured in the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion in 2010. And, his case against Thomas was featured in Hulu’s recent documentary, The Housewife and the Hustler.
Jayne and Girardi were also accused in a December 2020 lawsuit of embezzling millions of dollars intended for airplane crash victims’ families to fund their rich and famous lifestyle.
Erika filed for divorce in November 2020 after 20 years of marriage. She has not been charged with any crimes, but a judge ordered her to turn over her financial records by July 21, 2021 amid Tom’s lawsuits and an investigation into the estranged couple’s assets.
Jayne seemingly responded to the lawsuit with a gif that reads, “The ice queen can take it.” I’m not sure if that is the vibe you want to be giving off right now honey?