One lawsuit, filed in December 2021, accused Ruelas and his business of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act – which restricts and protects against cold calling and telemarketing practices.
The plaintiff, named Aaron L Johnson, is seeking $500 for each phone call received from DMS, which he claims caused considerable “frustration and inconvenience.”
He accuses the company of repeatedly calling using an “artificial or recorded voice” in violation of TCPA.
The company denies the allegations from Johnson but the case remains open. Two other lawsuits were also filed against DMS for violation of TCPA, however, these were voluntarily dismissed.
Another lawsuit has separately accused DMS of “false advertisement” and “copyright infringement”.
Filed by Insurance King Agency, the suit alleges that DMS created a misleading advertisement that made a “false association” to the insurance company when internet users searched for “insurance king”. It claimed that DMS offered a $19 a month insurance quote, but Insurance King said that there was “no evidence” to support that advertisement.
A third lawsuit filed in September 2021 also accuses Ruelas of mismanagement of funds.
Filed by C.H. Robinson Worldwide, the lawsuit alleges that Ruelas‘ other company (Produce Depot) “failed and refused to pay for the commodities it ordered, received, and accepted”. The plaintiff, who sold fresh fruit and vegetables, claims to have lost a total of $113,404.40 in stock to Ruelas’ company and was forced to file for bankruptcy.
Giudice, who became engaged to Ruelas in October 2021, has previously faced legal troubles of her own, having been convicted on numerous counts of fraud alongside her ex-husband, Joe Giudice.