Feroce’s Campaign Event Canceled After Judge Issues Arrest Order - Pledges to Continue Run for Gov

Wednesday, May 02, 2018


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Gio Feroce, GOP Candidate for Governor

On Tuesday evening, the communications director of one of Providence’s charter schools announced that the school had canceled a visit by GOP candidate for Governor Giovanni Feroce.

The cancelation was announced just hours after District Court Judge Joseph T. Houlihan Jr. issued a warrant for Feroce’s "civil arrest" tied to the case of Broder Brothers Company v. Giovanni Feroce. Feroce is being sued for non-payment.

When reached by GoLocal and asked if he was staying in the race for governor, Feroce said, “Of course.”

According to court records, Feroce owes “Monetary Award: Amount: $7,216.39, Costs: $135.75, and Other Fees: $687.89 Total: $8040.03.” The arrest warrant was first reported by the Providence Journal. The warrant is for a civil arrest or body attachment -- not a criminal arrest warrant.

Feroce’s attorney tells GoLocal he will respond to the court’s order immediately.

“Mr. Feroce was out of state on business, but has every intention of fulfilling the court’s wishes.  He believed this was just another BENRUS item under the receiver's purview.  For some reason, although this was for shirt products produced for the company, this matter only names him and therefore he will address it and take care of it now that he has been made aware of how it reads,” said Cindy E. Burke, Esq.

Republican State Chairman Brandon Bell refused to comment on Feroce's situation. Bell consistently criticizes Democrats.

The school canceled the event.

“Please be advised that Mr. Feroce's visit to ACE has been canceled. Thank you,” said Lauri Lee, Director of Development at the Academy for Career Exploration.

Originally the school had announced, “Republican candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, Giovanni Feroce, will join educators and students at The Academy for Career Exploration (ACE) on Thursday to discuss Giovanni’s plan to put high school graduates on paths to either a college education or the workforce.  Feroce will meet with both a 9th grade current events class and a 10th grade English class to discuss social issues, education and school safety, and building an economy that will foster job growth.  He will also tour the cutting-edge public district charter school to understand how the model works at its highest levels.”

On Monday, GoLocal reported that Feroce’s 1st quarter fundraising totaled $500 which stood in contrast to Governor Gina Raimondo’s $1.3 million.

On-Going Issues

In April, the Buffalo Bills sued Feroce for non-payment for failure to make payment on a sponsorship agreement. "The team is suing Benrus, the company that a few years ago was allowed to put its name on two massive clocks atop New Era Field. The lawsuit alleges that the company, known for making watches for members of the military, has failed to pay the Bills nearly $1 million it owed under a sponsorship deal, according to documents filed in State Supreme Court," reported the Buffalo News. "The suit was filed in December and names former Benrus CEO Giovanni Feroce; three limited liability companies tied to Feroce; two companies that hold trademarks; and the new owner of the company, Benrus Holdings LLC. The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment."

In November, Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein ruled and made the previous temporary restraining order against Giovanni Feroce and his affiliate companies permanent.

According to the new owners of the BENRUS trademarks, “The Court indicated that there may be further proceedings in the matter and that the injunction would govern throughout those proceedings. In turn, during the proceedings, the Court asked that BENRUS Holdings not sell or transfer the mark to which BENRUS Holdings has agreed and stated that it has no plans to sell or transfer the BENRUS mark.”

Earlier in the court proceedings on Monday, Silverstein accepted an order that was agreed to by both sides requiring Feroce and his related companies to turn over the domain name and discontinue the use of any social media sites where the trademark and related intellectual property was advertised. "Giovanni Feroce and his company never owned the BENRUS trademark only had a licensing agreement with M.Z. Berger and Company and affiliates. Feroce battled with that company for more than a year for control of the trademark," said the new owners, BENRUS Holdings.

Editor's Note: The story was updated at 5 AM on May 2, 2018.


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