Homeowners Who Sued HGTV Shows Felt Steep Consequences

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While many homeowners who have been featured on HGTV’s renovation shows are happy in their newly renovated homes, there are a few exceptions. Many of the families featured on hit shows like It’s your choice: Love it or List ItOr Las Vegas Flip or FlopThey were so unhappy with the damage done to their homes, they filed a lawsuit. These lawsuits were a double-edged sword, as two families were subject to countersuits. 

What happens when families sue for renovations?

Many people wish to be featured on a home-remodeling show. Most of those who did get the chance were thrilled with their experience. A few, however, weren’t so pleased with the results. Tim Sullivan and Deena Murphy appeared on HGTV’s It’s your choice: Love it or List It2016 After claiming that the show was defectively constructed, the couple sued the contractor and producer in North Carolina. “irreparable”They are at risk of losing their home. 

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The couple used $140,000 of their own money for the renovation but the results weren’t the quality they’d been expecting. The couple faced a countersuit shortly after they filed their lawsuit. It claimed that there had been a contract breach, as well as libel, defamation, and product disparagement. Sullivan & Murphy settled their case. The countersuit was later dropped. The amount of the settlement has not yet been disclosed. 

‘Flip Or Flop Las Vegas’Countersue Hosts

Another HGTV program, Las Vegas Flip or FlopThe episode, which aired on NBC, featured Billi dunning and Brent Hawthorne, who then engaged in a legal battle against the show. They were later countersued by the show’s hosts Bristol and Aubrey Marunde. According to Court documents are reviewed by the New York TimesThe Marundes claimed that Dunning and Hawthorne had violated the confidentiality agreement they signed when they settled. 

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They wrote: “Due to the spiteful actions of Plaintiffs, Defendants have suffered irreparable economic and emotional harm to their personal, and professional lives and Plaintiffs have been unjustly enriched by the settlement proceeds paid by Defendants.”A judge dismissed their case in March.

These are not the only lawsuits filed against HGTV’s home renovation shows. NYTThere have been reports of at least 12 cases that were settled out of court. Details of these cases are covered by confidentiality agreements.

HGTV stated to the outlet that they “want homeowners who are featured in our series to be happy,” adding, “When we learn of a business dispute, we encourage the contractors and homeowners to work together to resolve the issue.” Sometimes it pays to hash out these sorts of details out of court since there’s always the looming threat of a countersuit if you decide to go the legal route.