The Broke and the Beautiful: Vegas Edition

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This week on The Broke and the Beautiful, Beso’s back in the news and football players are fumbling. Also, actor Tobey Maguire may need to ramp up his Spidey senses for next year’s poker-lawsuit trial.

The fun never stops for Eva Longoria and her Beso restaurant. This week, Bankruptcy Beat reported on the “Desperate Housewives” actress’s latest run-in with disgruntled business partner Mali Nachum. Nachum filed a motion asking Beso’s bankruptcy judge to order Longoria to answer questions about  the doings at restaurant owner Beso LLC. According to Vegas Inc., the judge on Thursday approved the motion, and Longoria must appear in the Las Vegas bankruptcy court on Aug. 30.

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Speaking of Vegas, actor Tobey Maguire’s poker lawsuit is heading to trial next January, according to E! Online. The “Spider-Man” and “Seabiscuit” star has been sued for $311,000 by the bankruptcy trustee for Ponzi-scheme artist Bradley Ruderman, who was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after losing clients’ money. Maguire, who won the money from Ruderman in high-stakes Texas Hold ‘em, has insisted  he won only$187,000 and that he lost almost as much money as he won.

The stakes couldn’t be higher for New York Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz on on Aug. 17, when they’ll t appear in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The New York Times noted that Wilpon and Katz, who are facing a $1 billion lawsuit from Bernard Madoff trustee Irving Picard, have been accused of ignoring repeated signs that Madoff may have been stealing while they were investing with him. Picard has said the two “had to have known” their Madoff investments were suspect, the paper noted.

Former NFL defensive back Rick Sanford has admitted to fumbling. Sanford, also a former University of South Carolina football star, pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and was given 30 days’ home confinement and 100 hours of community service, according to the State. The newspaper noted that Sanford’s legal troubles began after he filed for Chapter 7 in 2009. When a bankruptcy trustee challenged his list of assets—which included two Lexuses and a time share—he withdrew his bankruptcy petition.

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Sanford wasn’t the only footballer in the news this week. Veteran quarterback Mark Brunell’s finances may become more strained Friday, as the New York Jets cut the 40-year-old backup, the Associated Press reported. That means Brunell won’t have his $1.25 million salary to draw on as he attempts to right his financial ship following his bankruptcy, which was largely wrapped up this off-season. Another team, however, may still sign Brunell. Under the former Pro Bowler’s debt-elimination plan, Brunell had committed to paying $16,300 for his personal effects—including a Super Bowl ring—to prevent them from heading to the auction block. Brunell also planned to raise at least $350,000 through the sale of properties and other items.

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The city of Glendale, Ariz., won’t talk about its backup plans for Arena, the Arizona Republic reported. Officials haven’t made public what they’ll  do with the arena if the Phoenix Coyotes, which were bought out of bankruptcy by the NHL in 2009, leave. The Coyotes had been playing at Arena for six years before the hockey team plunged into bankruptcy in 2009, and it’s spent the time since looking for a permanent owner to keep the team in Glendale. The paper noted that city spokeswoman Jennifer Stein wouldn’t say whether Glendale had conducted studies on other tenants that might be able to use the arena.