She might want to sign that prenup after all.
Teresa Giudice’s fiancé, Luis Ruelas, has a history of being in legal hot water.
Several people have sued the New Jersey-based businessman and his company, Digital Media Solutions, for allegedly illegal practices.
Page Six has obtained copies of at least three complaints filed throughout 2021 accusing Ruelas’ digital advertising company of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
According to legal experts, the law “limits telemarketing to certain phone calls, text messages and faxes. It also imposes restrictions on the use of automatic dialing systems and artificial or pre-recorded voice messages.
In a since-dismissed lawsuit filed January 1, 2021 in Florida, plaintiff Graham Hooper alleged that Digital Media Solutions engaged in “unsolicited text messaging without regard to consumers’ right to privacy.”
Some of the messages – submitted as part of the lawsuit – were allegedly sent on June 11, 2020 and solicited goods and services such as “free months of insurance” and car deals.
“Defendant’s unsolicited text messages caused harm to Plaintiff, including invasion of his
privacy and embarrassment,” the court documents state. “The defendant’s text messages also inconvenienced the plaintiff and disrupted his daily life.”
The complaint was filed as part of a class action lawsuit brought by other parties who have made similar allegations. Each sought a minimum of $500 in damages for each violation.
However, in October 2021, Hooper voluntarily dismissed the complaint.
A separate complaint since dismissed by a woman named Kelly Schultz on July 27, 2021, in Florida, alleged that Digital Media Solutions made cold calls and sent unsolicited telemarketing
text messages with shortened web links that “redirect consumers to their websites
to solicit defendant’s products, including but not limited to Quotza.com, which sells
auto insurance quote.
Schultz claimed that Ruelas’ company removed her number from the do-not-call registry and caused the plaintiff “inconvenience, nuisance and invasion of privacy, and disrupted the use and enjoyment of her phone, in addition to wear and tear on the phone’s hardware”. (including phone battery) and phone memory consumption. »
This case, however, was also voluntarily dismissed in March 2022.
But before the second complaint was dismissed, a third person filed a similar complaint in California in December 2021.
Aaron L. Johnson alleged that Digital Media Solutions (DMS) made calls to him using an “artificial or pre-recorded voice”, causing “much frustration and inconvenience”.
Plaintiff seeks $500 for each call made that allegedly violates the TCPA. It’s unclear how many calls Johnson received.
DMS denied all allegations in a response filed on February 7, 2022. As of March 14, 2022, this case remains open.
In the spring of 2021, DMS again came under fire for a separate allegedly shady business practice.
The Delaware-based company has been accused by an Illinois firm called Insurance King Agency, Inc of “false advertising” and “copyright infringement,” according to documents obtained by Page Six.
Lawyers for the plaintiff argued in a May 2021 notice to DMS that when internet users typed ‘insurance king’ into the search bar, they were taken to an ad that made a ‘false association’ with their client. and also offered a $19 a month insurance quote. “We have found no evidence to suggest that you are in fact offering auto insurance for $19 per month as advertised,” the letter further states.
Insurance King Agency, Inc formally filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Southern California on August 31, 2021.
However, DMS responded to the complaint in October 2021 and denied all allegations through its attorney, citing fair use law in its defense.
“The claims made in the Complaint are excluded, in whole or in part, by the
doctrines of fair use, named fair use, and/or descriptive use,” the court document reads. They also noted “absence of irreparable harm”, among other defenses.
This case remains open. The most recent event is that DMS filed another response to an amended complaint on February 22, 2022.
In addition to alleged TCPA violations and copyright violations, Ruelas was named in another lawsuit in September 2021 for allegedly mismanaging funds from a vendor he had a business partnership with.
CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc alleged in court documents obtained by Page Six that Produce Depot, Ruelas’ other company, “failed and refused to pay for products it ordered, received and accepted from plaintiff, despite the request in good and due form”.
The plaintiff said he sold “fresh fruits and vegetables” to Produce Depot for a total of “$113,404.40” and was forced to file for bankruptcy in March 2022.
According to The Sun, Ruelas and his business partners responded to the lawsuit in December 2021 and claimed they were “not individuals who are or were in the custody, control or management” of the product company. They also reportedly asked the judge to dismiss the case.
The series of legal issues that Ruelas, 46, appears to be facing comes to the fore less than two months after Giudice, 49, revealed on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ that she and her fiance had not discussed plan to sign a prenuptial agreement.
Host Andy Cohen, who seemed shocked by the revelation, continued to stress the importance of the legal document, telling the ‘RHONJ’ star, “You just put it in writing, but of course they don’t want to. nothing to take each other.”
Giudice and Ruelas got engaged in October 2021 after dating for just over a year.
A rep for the Bravo star declined to comment. Ruelas’ attorney did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.