Judge dismisses orphans’ Extreme Makeover lawsuit against ABC

The lawsuit brought against ABC by five orphans featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was dismissed by a judge last month.

The Higgins kids’ trial began in May, and “ABC’s lawyers countered that the show contracted with the Leomitis, not the Higginses, who thus had no legal right to a home provided by” the show, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Last week, “Judge Paul Gutman dismissed the case against the network, the production companies and the builder, ruling that the siblings had failed to prove their claims,” the paper says. However, “The Leomitis remain party to the lawsuit, because the motion for summary judgment related only to the business entities. Their lawyer, Robert English, said Gutman’s decision boded well for his clients.”

Their lawyer, Patrick A. Mesisca Jr., said, “It’s something we can bring to the court of appeal and we will.”

Judge denies claims of orphans [Los Angeles Times]
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