Some prosecutors, such as Deena Murphy and Tim Sullivan, who appeared on HGTV’s “Love It or List It” in 2016, sued for breach of contract, saying that flawed workmanship had “damaged their North Carolina home beyond repair,” according to their complaint. they spent $140,000 of their own money. According to court documents, they reached a settlement, but not before being sued themselves for defamation, defamation and product disrespect. The case, which went to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, was ultimately dismissed. The terms of the settlement are confidential and Mr Sullivan has declined a request to be interviewed.
Billi Dunning and Brent Hawthorne, a Nevada couple who filed a 2018 “Flip or Flop Las Vegas” lawsuit, were also charged. According to court documents, attorneys for the program’s hosts, Bristol and Aubrey Marunde, said Ms Dunning and Mr Hawthorne violated the confidentiality clause of their settlement agreement, in which they were awarded $50,000 plus a buyback price of approximately $284,000 for the home in question. Ms Dunning and Mr Hawthorne also declined to be interviewed.
In the indictment, in which Bristol and Aubrey Marunde appear as defendants, the Marundes wrote: “As a result of plaintiffs’ hateful actions, defendants have suffered irreparable economic and emotional damage to their personal and professional lives and plaintiffs have been unjustifiably enriched by the settlement proceeds paid by defendants.” Their lawsuit was dismissed by a judge in early March.
Nearly all contestants, when they sign up for a program, must agree to a strict waiver that prevents them from talking to the press or posting on social media, not only about the show itself, but also, according to an waiver that has been reviewed. by The New York Times, “any nonpublic information or trade secrets obtained or learned in connection with the program.”
“They bring out the fear of God in you when you do these shows,” said Ms. King.
When it comes to legal disputes between shows and their contestants, what is promised or aired is irrelevant, said Ryan Ellis, a Kings attorney. It all comes down to the contract.
“A contract states that certain things have to be done. And production or no production, if those things are not done then we have a problem,” said Mr. ellis.