What is in the water over at The Real Housewives of New Jersey? Two cast members other than the Giudices have found themselves in court.
Jacqueline and Chris Laurita are dealing with an $8 million bankruptcy lawsuit that they are trying to keep quiet. However, opposing lawyers in the case think they have no right to seal the court documents.
In legal papers obtained by RadarOnline, they state, “The Lauritas make no arguments and assert no facts consistent with the heightened standard required for sealing documents.”
The Lauritas are also accused of lavishly spending money even though they were broke. They were allegedly trying to project an upscale image on the Bravo TV reality show.
The plaintiff’s lawyer think it is ridiculous that the reality stars are trying to make anything private.
They stated, “It is the Lauritas who chose to maintain their ‘public personas’ in an extremely open fashion, by participating in a ‘reality’ television show that is filmed inside their home and highlights their material goods and spending habits. It lacks credibility to now contend that they are genuinely concerned about their privacy for actions taken during the very period they were maintaining their public personas for profit.”
The couple wants to keep the details of their bankruptcy filing private because there is media interest to see how the family is spending their money. They want to keep those items as private as possible.
However, the creditors’ lawyers are putting up a very strong case against them. They concluded in the court documents, “The most that they can assert is a vague and hollow argument that the information could be ‘a road map’ for parties seeking to harm the Lauritas because of their public personas.”
Let’s hope this ruling ends better for the Lauritas than it did for the Giudices.