REAL Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice’s fiance, Luis Ruelas, has reached a court settlement after he was accused of refusing to pay a vendor over $127,000.
Prometo Produce Corp sued Produce Depot, Luis and business partners on July 16, 2021, claiming they owe “$127,540 plus contractual interest at 18% per year” for avocado loads.
Teresa Giudice’s fiance Luis Ruelas has reached a court settlement in his lawsuit[/caption]
Luis was sued for over $127,000 for allegedly not paying a fruit vendor[/caption]
The Sun can exclusively reveal Luis has reached a settlement agreement with Prometo Produce Corp.
In court papers obtained by The Sun, Prometo Produce Corp requested in a letter to the judge to postpone an upcoming hearing because the company “reached a settlement” with Luis.
Though a settlement agreement has been reached, the parties still need to “finalize, execute and implement the settlement.”
Prometo Produce Corp is asking the judge to keep the April 27 settlement conference on the schedule in case the parties need the “Court’s assistance in finalizing the proposed settlement.”
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As The Sun previously reported, Produce Depot, the company Luis is involved in, provided the vendor with two advance payments of $250,000 for the purchase of avocados.
Despite the advances, the vendor claimed Produce Depot, Luis and other Defendants failed to pay an additional $127,540 in avocado loads.
In the Defendants’ response, they claimed the avocados they received “suffered various end of season defects and were not of the quality necessary or appropriate for resale.”
The Plaintiffs allegedly agreed to a price adjustment of $132,844 for the defective avocados.
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Produce Depot, Luis and the business partners filed a counterclaim, alleging that the company “failed and refused” to pay them the price adjustment and demanded the amount.
Prometo Produce Corp responded to the counterclaim by denying the price adjustment.
Luis, Produce Depot and business partners were hit with four additional lawsuits.
As The Sun previously reported, Mascari Enterprises and Cedro Bananas Wholesale Distributors hit Luis, his company Produce Depot, and his business partners with a lawsuit on January 22, 2021.
The court papers read: “Between November 2, 2020 and December 23, 2020, Plaintiff sold and delivered to Defendants wholesale quantities of produce… having an aggregate value of $308,191.
“Defendants have failed to pay for the goods when payment was due, despite repeated demands, and presently owe Plaintiff $283,191.”
On December 24, 2020, “two checks issued to Plaintiff by Produce Depot for the payment of produce sales made by Cedro Bananas were returned by the bank for insufficient funds,” the court papers claimed.
The parties dismissed the case in February 2021.
‘FAILED TO PAY!’
Then, New Eastern Fresh Produce Corp. and El Sol Brands Inc. sued Produce Depot, Luis and three other business partners on March 15, 2021.
The court papers read: “Between October 15, 2020 and January 4, 2021, Plaintiffs sold and delivered to Produce Depot wholesale quantities of produce.”
The lawsuit continued that the parties “have failed to pay for the goods when payment was due, despite repeated demands” and owe the vendor $77,676.25.
The Plaintiff claimed that on February 24, 2021, two checks provided by Produce Depot for the sale of produce were returned by the bank for “insufficient funds.”
The two vendors filed to dismiss the lawsuit just days later.
As The Sun also previously reported, Northeast Banana Corp sued the company Produce Depot, Luis and a business partner.
The lawsuit read: “Between on or about November 30, 2020 and December 14, 2020, NBC sold and delivered to Produce Depot in interstate commerce wholesale quantities of produce, including bananas, plantains and pineapples, in the amount of at least $44,490.”
The business partner listed in the lawsuit made “repeated promises” that Produce Depot would “make certain post-default payments for amounts due,” but Northeast Banana Company “has not received” the payments.
The lawsuit read: “To date, Produce Depot has failed and refused to make payment to NBC for the produce within the payment terms agreed between the parties.”
As for Luis, he allegedly “failed to direct Produce Depot to fulfill its statutory duties” and “knew or should have known that at all relevant times Produce Depot was in breach.”
Luis was described as a “controlling officer, director, member and/or shareholder of Produce Depot.”
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.
FINAL LEGAL WAR
Then finally, Produce Depot, Luis and his business partner were sued by C.H. Robinson Worldwide on September 23, 2021.
The court papers claim the business sold “fresh fruit and vegetables” to Luis’ company on October 20, 2020 and November 13, 2020 in the amount of “$113,404.40.”
The court papers read: “Produce Depot has failed and refused to pay for the commodities it ordered, received, and accepted from Plaintiff, despite due demand.”
Luis and the other Defendants responded to the lawsuit in December 2021.
Luis and the business partner claimed they were “not individuals which are or were in custody, control or management” of the produce business.
They requested the judge dismiss the lawsuit.
The company Luis was involved in then filed paperwork that the business filed for bankruptcy on March 2, 2022, and asked the judge to temporarily postpone the lawsuit proceedings.
While the judge approved the postponement for Produce Depot and the business partner, the lawsuit will remain ongoing for Luis and another defendant who was added later on.
The Sun can confirm the business filed for $1,660,488.10 in bankruptcy.
Luis, 47, proposed to Teresa, 49, in October after a year of dating and has appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
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 opened with her co-stars discussing a video featuring Luis that resurfaced.
In the clip, the businessman can be seen bare-chested surrounded by fellow shirtless men – whom he calls his “brothers.”
He is standing on the beach and appears to be addressing one of his exes, begging her for forgiveness and claiming he is ready to “finally get married and have a life together.”
Cast member 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 “weirdo s**t.”
Luis addressed the video later on in the season after Margaret Josephs asked him about it.
He said on the episode: “I grew up with a lot of trauma in my life. A friend of mine went out and started this thing called Warrior out in California and a lot of men go revisit their pain, to see their pain, get clarity.
“And I was in a relationship with a woman so I had to learn in that moment how to be vulnerable to that woman and tell her, I’m sorry… because I didn’t want to commit to a marriage, I didn’t want to commit to a bad woman.
“So I went to apologize 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 was proposing and now he’s saying it was a breakup video?”
On a previous episode, Traci’s husband and former NFL player Tiki Barber asked Luis about allegations that he was abusive towards an ex.
Luis denied the claims on the show.
The Sun broke Luis was accused of “controlling and abusive” behavior by an ex from when he proposed in 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 on the abuse claims at the time.
On last night’s episode, Teresa said of Margaret: “She’s been dragging my boyfriend through the mud.”
The two even got into a physical fight over the feud.
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Teresa posted a photo with Luis from the night, as she captioned the snap on Instagram: “Nashville. A cowgirl stands up for what’s right, even if she stands alone.”
The mom of four and dad of two currently live in a $3,350,000 mansion in Montville Township, New Jersey that they bought after just months of dating.
Luis has been hit with five lawsuits for allegedly not paying vendors[/caption]
Luis has faced backlash all season, as Teresa has defended her fiance[/caption]
Teresa even threw a drink at Margaret [left] for taking about her future husband[/caption]
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