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A&E Sued Over 'Flip This House'
July 25, 2006

By Andrew Wallenstein

A&E has been slapped with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit stemming from its reality series "Flip This House."

Richard C. Davis, executive producer and star of "Flip," filed suit in the Court of Common Pleas in Charleston, S.C., against the cable network and production company Departure Films, citing fraud, breach of contract and seven other counts.

Davis is represented by Frank Cisa of Cisa & Dodds in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

The lawsuit, filed in Charleston County Court, hinges on A&E's decision to move ahead with a second season of "Flip" without Davis and his real estate company, Trademark Properties. The series follows Trademark staffers as they buy, fix and resell undervalued residences.

"Plaintiffs have been defrauded and cheated by defendants, and defendants have used and exploited plaintiff's valuable concept and format for 'Flip This House' without plaintiffs' approval or authority," according to the lawsuit.

A&E declined comment.

Davis has gone on to sign with Discovery Communications for a similarly themed series on cable network TLC.

The case is Trademark Properties v. A&E Television Networks, 06cp10-2822.


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