The contest is still early, but the early score is A&E 1, David Hester 0.
Hester filed a lawsuit against the network in late 2012, arguing that the company and producer Original Productions terminated him unjustly and that the Storage Wars series (on which he appeared) is rigged.
Earlier today, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge tossed out Hester's claim of unfair business practices and demanded that Hester expand on his wrongful termination claim, as it is currently not specific enough.
Hester appeared on Storage Wars as a professional buyer of abandoned storage lockers, which is what Hester does in his professional life. Sometimes him and the other buyers of these lockers hit home runs with their purchases - sometimes they strike out. Such is life, you know?
Hester, however, said that the home runs are unfairly "salted," which means the producers of the series increase the value of what is inside to make for more dramatic television. Hester says this goes against the Communication Act of 1934, which prohibits "influencing, prearranging, or predetermining outcomes" in "contests of knowledge, skill, or chance."
This has ruined his professional reputation, apparently, as Hester says these alleged "interference and manipulation of the outcomes of the auctions shown" have made him appear less skillful than the people he "competes" against.
Previously TV Rage readers have said that it seems like Hester is just angry that he got canned. Does this change your opinion at all?