Former 19 Kids & Counting star Josh Duggar is in the middle of a lawsuit over a piece of property in Arkansas, and the man that is suing the Counting On sibling says that Duggar should be held in contempt of court because he didn’t follow the judge’s orders.
According to Radar Online, Carl Echols sued Duggar and his company ALB Investments LLC because he says that the disgraced reality star illegally purchased the property. Echols claims that he paid $17,500 for the land more than a decade ago, but Duggar bought the property from Echols’ cousin a couple of years ago for just $1,000, and Echols said he had zero knowledge of the transaction.
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Initially, Echols sued both Duggar and his company, but the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle was removed as a defendant. In his most recent filing, Echols says that Duggar’s ALB Investments LLC didn’t follow the court order to provide discovery.
“Petitioner’s Motion to Compel Discovery was granted during the pre-trial conference which was held on September 3, 2019,” Echols argued. “Respondent has failed to comply with the Order and has not provided discovery.”
Echols’ latest filing came on October 16th, and he believes Duggar’s company should “show cause why they should not be held in contempt and for sanctions.” Echols added that Duggar’s failure to respond means that he should pay his legal fees because he spent money for the preparation of legal documents, but Duggar wasted his time.
Echols argued that Rule 37 allows for the defendant to pay his expenses and attorney’s fees caused by his failure to respond. He explained that his lawyer had requested attorney’s fees for 15.7 hours of work related to Duggar’s failure to answer discovery, and now he is adding another two hours.
Echols is requesting that Duggar pay him $3,540 for his attorney’s work, and he promised the court an affidavit if they needed one. The case is expected to go to trial in 2020.
Josh and his wife Anna – plus their five kids – recently went on a road trip to LA with other Duggars to visit Josh’s sister Jinger Vuolo. Josh and Anna are expecting baby number six this fall.
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