The "Storage Wars" lawsuit filed by former star Dave Hester is going through the court system right now and the network won the first battle. According to Deadline on March 12, the judge in the case sided with A&E on the fact that they are not liable for "unfair business practices."
This all began last year when Hester made a big deal out of the fact that the producers of "Storage Wars" fake the outcomes on the show by "salting" the storage units. Basically, the producers find really cool items that would make for good TV, either rent it or buy it, and then place it in the storage units for the auctioneers to "find."
Dave Hester said he learned of this and protested it with the production team, which led to his termination, which led to this "Storage Wars" lawsuit.
A&E claimed their first amendment Constitutional rights were violated by the injunction Hester asked for in the unfair business practices portion of the lawsuit and the judge agreed, saying that their rights would be violated if he punished the network for staging the show. The judge ruled that agreeing to the injunction would tell A&E what they could and couldn't program on their network, a violation of their rights.
The "Storage Wars" lawsuit basically accuses the producers and network of committing a "fraud on the public" while the defense called the claims "meritless."
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