The Edelson law firm filed a motion to protect its Lion Air Crash victims’ settlement monies from alleged selling off by Erika Jayne of her expensive designer clothing suspecting she would allegedly spend the proceeds in violation of the Court’s order. The Motion states in relevant part:
On information and belief, some and likely all of the property offered for sale is community property in which Tom Girardi has an interest, and is therefore among his assets. For example, one of the items offered for sale is a $1,000 dress from Australian label Ellery. Ellery was founded during the Girardis’ marriage and the dress therefore could not have been acquired prior to the marriage. Further, while Edelson is unaware of the exact relationship between Vestiaire Collective and Erika Girardi, Erika Girardi may be attempting to move Tom Girardi’s assets outside the United States by selling them through a French company. Although Erika Girardi is not herself a party to the asset freeze order, she is bound by it. “[A]n injunction is binding on the parties to the proceeding; their officers, agents, and employees (acting in that capacity); and nonparties with notice who are either ‘legally identified’ with a party or who aid and abet a party’s violation of the injunction.” Nat’l Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is of U.S. Under Hereditary Guardianship, Inc. v. Nat’l Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is of U.S., Inc., 628 F.3d 837, 840 (7th Cir. 2010). “[T]he ‘legal identity’ justification for binding nonparties is limited to those who have notice of the injunction and are so closely identified in interest with the enjoined party that it is reasonable to conclude that their rights and interests were adjudicated in the original proceeding.” Here, Erika Girardi has notice of the injunction, because a copy of it was sent to her attorney. And even though divorce proceedings have been initiated, Erika Girardi could not be more closely associated with Tom Girardi. The property she is attempting to sell likely belongs, in part, to Tom Girardi, and she is only permitted to manage or sell it as a fiduciary to Tom Girardi. In addition, Edelson PC suspects that Tom Girardi and Erika Girardi have acted and continue to act in concert to divert money from Girardi Keese for their personal use. Tom Girardi’s creditors attested to $20 million in “loans” advanced to Erika Girardi’s company by Girardi Keese. Given the opacity of Tom Girardi and Girardi Keese’s finances, there is every reason to believe that Erika Girardi has client money. Simply put: the Court froze all of Tom Girardi’s assets, and that means all community property is frozen too. Erika Girardi must stop selling her clothes.