In an ever evolving saga of mass corruption and greed, the Signature Apparel lawsuit against the Laurita Family took an interesting turn with the filing of today’s Motion seeking to amend the Scheduling Order to extend the discovery period.
In 2011, the United States Trustee filed a lawsuit against the Laurita famly in the name of Signature Apparel, wherein it was alleged that various members of the Laurita family pilfered and converted millions of dollars from Signature Apparel for their own personal use; improperly, illegally and fraudulently.
The US Trustee has attempted to obtain, among other things, electronic equipment (including computers, servers, hard drives owned by Signature Apparel) in preparation for the case against the Laurita family. The Laurita clan claimed that all computers, hard drives and servers were left at a warehouse with boxes of tens of thousands of documents pertaining to Signature Apparel.
Earlier today, a Motion was filed seeking to amend the Scheduling Order to extend the discovery period. The Motion was filed with the CONSENT of the Lauritas even though the Memorandum in support of the Motion contains devastating allegations and admissions attributed to Chris Laurita!
Christopher Laurita admitted that contrary to his repeated denials, he and his personal assistant, Susan C. removed computers from the Signature Apparel offices. He claims the computers were removed so that the equipment could be used in his new business, New Star Group, LLC (the Company that promotes BLK). Chris disclosed that he was also in possession of a server originally belonging to Signature Apparel.
The Memorandum of Law filed in support of the Motion painstakingly sets forth the number of times Chris Laurita, through counsel, insisted that all computers, hard drives, servers and electronic equipment remained at the Signature Apparel warehouse before Laurita finally admitted that he and his personal assistant absconded with the equipment.
In an epiphany of epic proportions, on April 19, 2012 Chris Laurita, through counsel, admitted that contrary to repeated denials, he and his assistant removed computers and a server containing thousands of electronic documents from the Signature Apparel offices:
Adding insult to injury, the forensic analyst determined that the computer analysis has been “hindered by what appears to be widespread corruption of files, resulting from a computer virus.”
The Memorandum of Law further detailed that the Lauritas failed to provide an inventory of the thousands of boxes, files and equipment allegedly left behind, thus leaving the US Trustee the monumental task of recreating the Company’s records, inventory, etc.
With regard to depositions, the depositions of Chris and Joseph Laurita were originally to take place in May, 2012 and adjourned. Attorneys have been asking for the deposition of Jacqueline Laurita since August, 2012 to no avail. According to the US Trustee,
Efforts to schedule depositions were frustrated by the Laurita and ROC Defendants’ unwillingness to timely respond, if at all, to Signature’s repeated requests for dates, or to provide dates within the confines of the current Scheduling Order.
Paragraph 34 of Memorandum of Law.
How ironic that Jacqueline was available for her tabloid interviews regarding her son’s autism, but unavailable for her Federal deposition. Clearly the US Trustee did not realize that Jacqueline was busy compiling text messages, giving tabloid interviews and reviewing RHONJ episodes for her performance at the reunion. Perhaps the Court will allow a deposition through Twitter for Jacqueline’s convenience.
After a great deal of wrangling, depositions are scheduled as follows:
- Anthony Laurita- November 12, 2012
- Jacqueline Laurita – November 13, 2012
- Adeline Laurita- November 16, 2012
- Joseph Laurita – November 29. 2012
- Christopher Laurita – December 4, 2012