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Dave Hester wins in A&E lawsuit

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Dave Hester attends A&E Networks 2012 Upfront at Lincoln Center on May 9, 2012 in New York City.
Photo by Andrew H. Walker

Dave Hester from "Storage Wars" has settled the wrongful termination lawsuit he had against A&E. According to Radar Online, Dave settled for an undisclosed amount and the terms have been sealed. However, the document states, “Judgment is satisfied in full.”

Dave, "the Yuuup man" Hester, sued the A&E network and production company. He revealed that the show was fake. Dave accused them of staging, or salting the lockers with merchandise that originally wasn't in them in the first place. They asked Dave to supply the merchandise to salt some of the lockers. A&E even footed the bill to pay for a female cast member to have plastic surgery. Shortly after Dave claimed the show was staged, he was terminated.

Several YouTube videos proved that the merchandise in the lockers kept changing. Things would disappear, appear or items would be moved into a different position.

In October 2013, the court ordered Dave to pay $122,000 in legal fees when he filed the lawsuit, but he refused. The document stated “Plaintiff, however, not only has refused to satisfy that Judgment, he asks the Court to block Defendants’ attempts to enforce it, characterizing AETN’s [A&E Television Network] rightful enforcement efforts as ‘gamesmanship.’”

“In reality, is it Plaintiff who is playing games, by misinterpreting (and ignoring) the clear law that entitles Defendants to enforce their judgment now. Plaintiff has no valid reason for this Court to intervene in their lawful and proper collection attempts.”

Even though Dave is no longer on "Storage Wars" he still is in the business of buying storage lockers and selling the contents for a profit. He works as an auctioneer, with 25 years experience. According to his webpage, he calls himself an auctioneer for hire. He hosts private events, selling things from self-storage, to charity auctions and real estate. Dave sells his signature "YUUUP" line and he runs social media accounts. Dave posts the auctions he has coming up on his Facebook page. His last post was on May 31, 2014. For those who prefer to shop on EBaay, Dave also has a store there.

Dave left "Storage Wars" in 2012. Since then, the program has undergone many changes in the cast members. Barry Weiss left the show after four seasons. He has his own show, "Barry'd Treasure." Mark Balelo appeared in seasons two, three and four. Unfortunately his career ended there, because Mark passed away.