Little Couple Jen Arnold and Bill Klein finally settle three-year lawsuit with production company – The SunJuly 22, 2020
THE Little Couple’s Jen Arnold and Bill Klein finally settled their three-year lawsuit against the reality show's producer to reclaim intellectual property rights, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
The legal matter started in June 2016 when producer LMNO Cable Group sued Discovery Communications for $7 million.
In court papers obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, LMNO Cable Group claimed their accountant falsified records to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in embezzled money.
The company claimed Discovery Communications used the situation to “steal” TLC’s The Little Couple and "put LMNO" out of business.
LMNO and Discovery Communications eventually agreed to a settlement.
But the legal battle wasn’t over, as The Little Couple’s Jen, 46, and Bill, 45, asked to intervene in the case in May 2017.
According to court papers, they believed they were “entitled to a portion of LMNO’s contingent compensation in The Little People.”
They also alleged in court papers that they felt entitled to a portion of Discovery’s “'adjusted gross revenues' from certain forms of exploitation of the Program."
Jen and Bill feared they would “lose valuable monetary and intellectual property rights which would be adjudicated without their interests being represented; nor would any of the current parties represent [Jen and Bill’s] interests adequately or at all," the court papers state.
They accused LMNO of breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, conversion and more.
Now, in court papers obtained by The Sun, the parties agreed to mediation and reached a settlement agreement.
The court ordered the lawsuit be dismissed in light of the “successful” mediation and settlement.
The couple reportedly earned $40,000 per episode from the TLC series, which premiered in 2009.
The last episode of The Little Couple aired in September 2019.
As of March, The Little Couple has yet to be renewed for season 15.
Why were The Little Couple’s Jen and Bill in a legal battle with their producer?
They first embarked on their legal journey in 2017 when they intervened in the battle between their producer, LMNO, and Discovery Communications over rights to The Little Couple amid an accounting scandal.
The legal battle reportedly cost a whopping $7 million.
After two long years, LMNO and Discovery arrived at a settlement agreement.
The show follows Dr. Jen, her husband Bill, who both have skeletal dysplasia, and their adopted children Will, 10, and Zoe, 7.
The family moved from Houston to Florida in 2017.
Jen works at John Hopkins All Children's hospital as a neonatologist, a form of pediatrics, while Bill owns Rocky & Maggie’s pet shop in Texas and Florida.
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