Never short on drama, Bravo’s hit series ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ isn’t waiting for its new stars to show up on screen to create controversy. The show’s soon to be latest addition will bring with her a host of her own hullabaloo.
Melissa Gorga will be introduced to replace cast member Dina Manzo, who left halfway through the current season of the show. Gorga, sister-in-law of current cast member Teresa Giudice, brings with her a pending breach of contract lawsuit. She and her husband, owners of Gorga Enterprises Inc., allegedly neglected to fairly compensate Bravante Automatic Sprinkler Corp. for goods and services rendered. The sprinkler corporation had billed Gorga’s company roughly $300,000 for fire suppression and alarm system installation at an apartment complex in which Gorga has an interest.
The fire sprinkler contract for the Patterson, New Jersey complex was signed in January 2008, and the alarm system contract signed the following month. By August of that same year, Gorga’s company had paid less than 20% of the total amount due to Bravante. As a response, Bravante filed a construction lien with the Passaic County Clerk’s Office against Gorga and her husband.
As of July 2009, Gorga Enterprises Inc. had paid Bravante $191,000 of the $300,000 owed but hadn’t remitted the agreed upon $50,000 in additional funds concurrent with a $1 million loan from the bank received for the project. Further complicating matters, the sprinkler corporation had performed an additional $22,000 worth of services by that time. The situation remains unresolved for the time being.
Source: NJ.com “Family of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ cast member is sued by Boonton firm for $50K” 9/9/10