The “Storage Wars” lawsuit heatedly continues this week, as Yahoo! TV News reported this Tuesday, March 12, that “Storage Wars” and the A&E Network has won the first round in a legal battle against Dave Hester, who argued in his lawsuit that the popular reality show is actually staged.
In yesterday’s ruling, Judge Michael Johnson took sides with A&E’s “Storage Wars” on several key points, first dismissing Dave Hester’s argument that the Unfair Business Practices was violated by the network.
Johnson similarly agreed with the show in the “Storage Wars” lawsuit for the ruling that any injunction against the TV series would in turn violate the First Amendment rights of A&E.
Dave Hester first filed the “Storage Wars” lawsuit back in Dec. 2012. He claimed that he’d been fired from the show after alleging that the entire TV series was staged. What’s more, said Hester, is that the producers of the show actually plant very valuable items behind the scenes in the storage lockers before filming. Competitors then bid on them, already knowing what’s inside.
A&E filed a motion that their First Amendment protections were being challenged, with Dave Hester’s legal team eventually arguing that the press release from the “Storage Wars” producers denying the claims that the show was fake is in fact “commercial speech” meaning it could not be protected by the amendment.
So far in his ruling, however, the judge disagrees.
"This argument is not persuasive," Johnson ruled.
The “Storage Wars” lawsuit is ongoing, as other claims Dave Hester has made about the popular show have yet to be examined, concluded the report.