‘Storage Wars’ Star Ordered to Pay $122,000 in Legal Fees

Dave Hester claims he was fired from "Storage Wars" after complaining that the reality show is staged

Does Dave Hester owe A&E a bundle in legal fees? Yuuuup.

The former "Storage Wars" star — who's suing A&E Networks and "Storage Wars" production company Original Productions in a complaint that claims the show is staged — was ordered to pay $122,692 in legal fees to A&E and Original, after they prevailed in an anti-SLAPP motion.

Also read: 'Storage Wars' Lawsuit: A&E Wins Partial Victory

In a tentative ruling, Hester was ordered to pay $96,735 to A&E and $25,957 to Original.

On the bright side for Hester, it could have been worse. A&E originally asked for $138,194, while Original wanted $43,283.

Also read: 'Storage Wars' Star Brandi Passante Gets Pittance in Porn Video Lawsuit

The reduction came after Hester objected to the claims regarding the staffing and hours that A&E and Original claimed to have expended on the motion. A&E said it had employed eight attorneys and four paralegals for the motion, while Original said it had used three attorneys.

Also read: 'Storage Wars' Death: Mark Balelo Committed Suicide, Medical Examiner Confirms

Hester sued A&E and Original in December, claiming that he had been fired for complaining that the show had been rigged. Specifically, Hester alleges, the show's producers plant valuable items in storage lockers, which competitors then bid on, supposedly without knowing what's inside them.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

  • LMAO31

    Dave Hester = Loser whose 15 min. are done. Yuuuuuup.

  • norm

    couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy…

  • lumpy

    that guy ruined the whole show. He is an arrogant jerk. Good riddance

  • Maureen

    Ha Ha!

  • Guest

    All of these shows are using the same items they find in storage lockers take them to American Restoration and then it will be on pawn stars or be pure nectar when dug up on another show .what do people expect it's TV and people love to see reality TV even if most of it is staged .But keep watching.

  • Elisabeth

    Please, PLEASE don't breed. The world is stupid enough w/o more like you in it. That tin foil hat is so becoming on you. Matches the trailer park you crawled out of.

  • rob Martin

    You opened your mouth too much hester…your an asshole, and an idiot……and you always will be nothing more than a useless, stupid alcoholic!!!! serves you right!

  • OLA

    Storage war fake?too good to be true,

  • Yabadabadoo

    Was he on the street sucking dick for beer money ?