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For Release: 7:38 AM ET, Thursday, November 13, 2008
Business, Entertainment, Legal Editors and Internet: US I [with Photo]

 

“Flip This House” creator Richard Davis awarded
$4 Million in case against A&E

Landmark Case Adds Force to Writers Guild Member's Claim

Richard DavisRichard C. Davis

CHARLESTON, S. C. -- Richard C. Davis, creator-writer-co-producer and star of “Flip This House,” a reality program about real estate and one of cable network A&E’s most successful series, was awarded $4 Million in damages by a federal jury yesterday. Davis had claimed that the network had a “50/50” revenue sharing agreement with him and his company, Trademark Properties, Inc., and although it was an oral agreement, the jury returned the landmark decision after only five hours of deliberation.

"I feel personally vindicated by the jury's verdict finding that I have always had an agreement with A&E.  This victory is much bigger than me. This verdict makes it clear that if a network uses and profits from someone's concept for a television show, they need to pay for it.  I am thankful that we were able to win one for the little guy," Davis said.

“I’m very pleased with the verdict,” said Mount Pleasant attorney Frank M. Cisa, who represented Davis. “These cases are very tough to prove.”

Brian Wolf, an attorney with the firm of Lavely & Singer in Los Angeles which also represents Davis said, “This case reaffirms the enforceability of oral contracts in the television industry.” A&E’s attorneys declined to comment on the ruling initially.

SOURCE: Trademark Properties, Inc.: (843) 762-0110

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