HGTV’s ‘Windy City Rehab’ Faces Yet Another Lawsuit Over Bungled House Projects
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Another lawsuit has arisen against the team behind HGTV's Windy City Rehab. This time, a family that has invested $ 3 million in reality series projects is suing stars Alison Victoria Gramenos and Donovan Eckhardt. They accused her of "intentional and fraudulent misappropriation of funds."
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The lawsuit alleges that the stars of the show, which focuses on home renovation in Chicago, have "botched" almost every project they've been associated with, and poorly managed.
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Gramenos and Eckhardt have split up as professional partners, but alleged efforts by Gramenous to blame Eckhardt are noted in the lawsuit. "Alison has claimed that she was surprised by Donovan's fraud despite her own secrecy about closing proceeds."
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday before the Cook County District Court by Michael Ward Jr., a former friend of Eckhardt. his brother Thomas Ward; and her father, Michael Ward Sr., claim that they invested $ 3 million in a 50 percent stake in Alovanward LLC, which funded six projects on the TV show and one more rehab that wasn't televised.
The lawsuit alleged that they expected a good return on investment, and was attracted to Eckhardt and Gramenos' claims to be house fin experts, as well as Eckhardt's alleged relationship with city building officials.
“To gain access to the Wards funds, Donovan, individually and with Alison's confirmation, incorrectly claimed that he had specific expertise in the city of Chicago, rationalizing his personal relationships with city officials and easy access to additional working capital the "flipping" process and ensure maximum return ”, the lawsuit says.
The Wards say the company fell apart due to the "sheer inability and duality" and "gross mismanagement" of the stars, including the lack of artisan standards and compliance with building codes that affected almost every Alovanward project they associated with were.
Gramenos points to Eckhardt and claims that she is only the designer, while he was the licensed developer and general contractor.
The lawsuit claims that the plaintiffs lost $ 2 million on the projects and discovered the "inability" only after watching the television program.
Discovery Inc. has renewed "Windy City Rehab" for a second season, scheduled to start in July.
Earlier this year, Gramenos (who is accompanied by Alison Victoria on the show) and Eckhardt were facing a lawsuit for faulty construction on a house in Windy City Rehab.
The lawsuit was filed on April 10 in Cook County, Illinois by homeowners Shane Jones and Samantha Mostaccio. Her home was shown in season 1, episode 7 of the show. They claim to have negligent built the $ 1.3 million house in the complaint.
The court files allege that they have identified several construction and warranty defects, including water damage, cracks in concrete pillars, and a garage that was said to require over $ 100,000 in repairs.
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