Privacy

A police chief, city attorney and sheriff’s office enforcement major are entitled to qualified immunity on invasion of privacy claims relating to the release of redacted reports, the Eighth Circuit ruled. The reports pertained to an investigation into sexual misconduct by Josh Duggar, one of the stars of the television show “19 Kids and Counting.”

Read more

Storage Wars

An appeals court in California upheld a ruling in favor of Public Storage in a breach of contract suit brought by David Hester, a star on the reality television show “Storage Wars,” relating to the contents of a self-storage unit he purchased. Auction attendees signed an agreement that included language permitting the company to rescind a sale in the event of an error by the seller. 

Read more

Reality TV Star’s Records

An appeals court in Arkansas upheld the dismissal of former reality TV show subject Josh Duggar’s claims challenging a police department’s release of records pertaining to an investigation into conduct that allegedly occurred when Duggar was a juvenile. Duggar, who appeared with his family on the shows “19 Kids and Counting” and “Counting on,” failed to prove his outrage or invasion of privacy claims. 

Read more

Reality TV

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s judgment that determined an episode of the Discovery Channel show “Dual Survival” depicting former reality television star Cody Lundin’s departure was “substantially true.” Lundin claimed the episode had made him appear incompetent and out of control and he brought defamation and false light claims against the channel.

Read more

Charter School Application

The Fifth Circuit ruled against a charter school CEO who sued the superintendent of the Louisiana Department of Education for retaliation. The CEO claims her charter school application was denied because she expressed her opinions on using corporal punishment on a reality television show called “America’s Supernanny.”

Read more