Windy City Rehab Issues: House Settled Litigation on HG TV Show

A lawsuit alleging that Alison Victoria Gramenos and Donovan Eckhardt sold a leaked house to a North Side couple that featured on HGTV’s Windy City Rehab was settled for an undisclosed amount.

The $ 1.36 million lawsuit filed by Anne and James Morrissey in late 2019 had many twists and turns.

At one point last year, the Morrisseys claimed they were fooled into believing that Victoria and Eckhardt were experts in the industry, citing the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Acts, citing the show to permanently remove the show from the airwaves.

The attempt was unsuccessful. New episodes are to be broadcast in the coming months.

Earlier this year, Big Table Media, the production company behind the show and defendants in the lawsuit, tried to prevent internal emails from being introduced into the case by claiming it should be protected under the same laws that journalists tried to protect Protect source disclosure.

A home renovation show “doesn’t qualify as news,” argued lawyers representing the Morrisseys.

The Morrisseys also tried to prevent Victoria from selling their personal house in Bucktown, fearing they would try to protect the money raised from the sale from being part of any future verdict on the case. A Cook County judge denied her request.

Eckhardt is no longer involved in the show and is suing showrunners for portraying him as an untrustworthy villain.

An Eckhardt attorney said in a statement emailed: “The resolution of this matter came primarily through Donovan’s efforts to work towards a mutually satisfactory settlement. He looks forward to continuing with other business opportunities in the future. “

The Morrisseys and Victoria lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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