A former "Storage Wars" star has been ordered to pay $122,692 of the legal bills for A&E, after he sued the network and Original Productions with allegations that the show was staged, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq.
Dave Hester — known for his trademark storage auction call, "Yuuup!" — sued in December, alleging that producers planted memorabilia that changed the show’s outcomes, and that he was fired after complaining. A&E, for its part, responded that Hester was trying to make himself out to be a whistleblower, when he was just angry at the progress of his contract negotiations.
A&E succeeded in an anti-SLAPP motion, entitling the network to attorney fees and costs, even as the lawsuit continues, the story says. The defendants submitted bills for $138,194 for A&E and $43,263 for Original Productions.
SLAPP stands for "strategic lawsuit against public participation" and identifies a suit that is filed not necessarily with the expectation that the plaintiff will win the case but that is intended to inflict a heavy financial burden in an attempt to intimidate the defendant.