Update: Judge rejects “Extreme Makeover” lawsuit

by Walter Olson on July 22, 2007

A judge has dismissed a case filed by five orphaned siblings against ABC Television based on the aftermath of their appearance on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. The Higgins siblings said they expected to wind up with a new home after the show’s filming, but later disagreements with the couple who had hosted them, and who held title to the newly built mansion, led to their departure from the house. Awarding summary judgment, Judge Paul Gutman threw out the siblings’ case against ABC, the reality-TV producers and the homebuilder, saying that their remedy, if any, could be only against the host couple, Phil and Loki Leomiti. (AP/ABCNews.com, Jul. 17). Our earlier coverage: Mar. 4, May 17, etc.