Models

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of supermodel Janice Dickinson’s Lanham Act and state law claims brought against Ryan Seacrest’s company relating to her portrayal in the reality television series “Shahs of Sunset.” Dickinson, who says she did not consent to appear in the episode, claims Seacrest Productions and others “conspired to script” a false controversy in which she was accused of stealing an outfit a cast member was supposed to wear in a runway show.

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Death in Custody

The family of Javier Ambler, a Black man who died in the custody of Williamson County, Texas, sheriff’s deputies in 2019 sued the county, alleging its officers were encouraged to “perform their jobs recklessly to produce more ‘entertaining’ video” for a since-canceled reality television program called Live PD. Body camera footage showed that as officers restrained him, Ambler repeatedly told them: “I can’t breathe.”

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Judge Judy Slaps Talent Agency With $22 Million Suit Over Series Profits

Daytime TV reality star “Judge Judy” Sheindlin filed a $22 million lawsuit against a talent agency in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, claiming the agency and its chief agent have collected syndication fees from her series over the last 24 years even though they had no part in the show’s success.

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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.”

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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. 

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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. 

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