As the trustee hopes to see the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member ordered to pay back the millions in settlement funds Thomas owed to his clients but instead used to pay Erika’s bills, she’s hoping to argue her case in front of a jury of peers.
In a report initially shared by attorney Ronald Richards, it was noted that although Erika and the trustee haven’t reached a settlement yet, that doesn’t mean they won’t in the near future. In fact, the parties continue to work together to do just that.
“The parties had previously engaged in settlement discussions over an extended period of time. No settlement was reached, but settlement negotiations have resumed and are ongoing,” the report stated.
In the trustee’s lawsuit against the RHOBH cast member, they demanded that she return the millions of dollars Thomas’ now-defunct law firm, Girardi Keese, used to cover the expenses of her company, EJ Global, between the years of 2008 and 2020.
However, according to Erika, she had no idea that her husband was stealing money from his clients and demanded the case be dismissed, arguing that Thomas was “solvent” at the time he made the payments for her business.
“Ms. Girardi at all times was and is an entertainer with a 12th grade education. Ms. Girardi was never and is not an attorney, and she trusted that GK, Mr. Girardi, and the outside accountants, given their superior knowledge and expertise, prepared proper, lawful, and legitimate tax returns,” Erika’s attorney stated.
Erika is due to return to court in June, where a judge is expected to set a trial date if a settlement has not yet been reached.
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