Jury awards plaintiff in 'Flip' suit

South Carolina man sued A&E over profits from the show

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A federal jury awarded a South Carolina real estate investor more than $4 million Wednesday in a dispute over profits from the reality television show "Flip This House."

Charleston jurors deliberated five hours before awarding the money to Richard C. Davis, who created the show and appeared on its first season, the Post and Courier reported.

Davis, who runs the Trademark Properties Inc. real estate firm on James Island, sued after he said the cable network broke an oral agreement to split profits from the show.

Attorneys for A&E have said the network had no such agreement.

Frank Cisa, Davis' attorney, said the award represents half of the show's first-season profits and a third of international profits from the first three seasons. Cisa said his client had sought half of the net profits from all three seasons but was pleased with the verdict.

"It was a difficult case," Cisa said. His client did not appear in the second and third seasons.

A spokesman said the network was disappointed and would take further action.

"We are deeply disappointed in the jury's decision and will follow up the appropriate steps to have the verdict reversed," A&E spokesman Michael Feeney said Wednesday.
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