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Report: Erika Jayne Drops Fight Over Estranged Husband Tom Girardi’s Stake In NFL Concussion Lawsuits Which She Believed Could Net $20 Million!

According to a new report, Erika Jayne has decided to step back after trying to start beef with the trustee presiding over her estranged husband Tom Girardi’s bankruptcy.

According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has informed the court she is withdrawing her objection to Girardi’s stake in over 100 NFL concussion lawsuits being transferred to another lawyer.

Recently, Jayne objected to the bankruptcy trustee transferring Girardi's stake in 100 lawsuits brought by 100 former NFL players over concussions. She believed the money from the cases could be used to pay back her husband's alleged financial victims. Her lawyers believed the suits could bring in up to $20 million.

Jayne wants the trustee to maximize her husband’s assets because after his creditors are paid off, she gets a cut of the money.

The trustee scoffed at Jayne’s objection to transfer the cases. He said she knew nothing about the circumstances behind his decision and said the cases were not worth $20 million. He also pointed out Girardi was in no position to represent the clients due to his current health issues.

The trustee recently met with Jayne and showed her documents. Following their meeting, the Pretty Mess singer informed the court she was dropping her objections and was not fighting the NFL cases to be let go, according to Radar Online.

The trustee is still suing Jayne for the return of $25 million he says Girardi transferred to her when he knew his bills were piling up. She has yet to respond in court.

The news comes after it was revealed earlier this month that the Pretty Mess singer may have to repay settlement funds intended for her estranged husband’s former clients amid allegations that Tom’s firm gave Erika’s companies $20 million over the years. The Ruigomez family, who were featured in Hulu’s The Housewife and the Hustler, can pursue a collections lawsuit against Erika to obtain the $11 million they are owed from Tom.

“The Ruigomez Family, the Girardi Trustee, and the GK Trustee shall cooperate with each other with their collection efforts against Erika,” the court documents obtained by Us Weekly read.

Erika and Tom made headlines in November 2020 when the Bravo reality star filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage. The following month, the estranged couple was sued for fraud and embezzlement. 

In addition to accusing them of swindling $2 million in settlement funds intended for families of victims of a 2018 plane crash, class action firm Edelson PC claimed in federal court documents that the divorce was “simply a sham attempt to fraudulently protect Tom’s and Erika’s money from those that seek to collect on debts owed by Tom and his law firm.”

Tom faced a second lawsuit later that month, alleging that his company breached a written agreement and conversation with Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Services. The bank sought immediate payment on the $882,715 outstanding bill.

In September 2020, Tom told the court that he lost millions of dollars and has “no money” left. The 82-yar-old was placed under a temporary conservatorship in February when his brother assumed control of his daily activities and personal care. One of Tom’s attorneys claimed in court in December 2020 that he was hospitalized for a “serious illness,” raising questions about his mental competency. Court documents revealed in March that Tom was diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimer’s and dementia.

However, in July 2021, a judge ruled that some former clients of Tom can pursue a collections lawsuit against Erika. According to court records obtained by PEOPLE, Tom's former clients, Joseph Ruigomez, Jaime Ruigomez, and Kathleen Ruigomez, will be able to collect the $11 million they are owed by him per a 2020 litigation. 

According to court docs, Erika revealed that she “has nothing to hide” and has already expressed a “full willingness to cooperate and produce” documents to the court. In newly filed documents via Radar Online, the Bravo reality star said she will turn over all bank and financial records. However, she wants the lawyers to agree to not leak the documents.


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