Trial Update: Thursday’s WitnessesPosted: November 7, 2008
Allyson Bird at the Charleston Post and Courier continues with her reporting:
A&E’s New York-based attorney Jeremy Feigelson worked to disprove Davis’ claim that his Trademark Properties and the network verbally agreed to a 50-50 profit split from the reality series “Flip This House.”
“The agreement we’re talking about is an agreement in your mind?” Feigelson asked.
Davis calmly replied that it was “absolutely an agreement” he had with an A&E representative. Finally, after more than 10 hours of testimony spread over three days, he lost his patience.
Responding to one question, David raised his voice and said, “It’s my possession. You stole it. … You stole my possession.”
While on the stand Davis made several jurors chuckle as he shared his inexperience with the legal system.
“This is the first time I’ve sued. I don’t know how this works,” he said. “This is the last time. This is miserable.”
Cisa called his second and final witness, Trademark Properties Inc. investment coordinator Ginger Alexander, who was often featured on “Flip This House.”
She testified that the firm’s normal business took longer because of the series and that, overall, the company lost money creating episodes of the show because it still holds a few unsold properties.
Feigelson asked if the lack of demand for the unsold properties could be attributed to a downturn in the real estate market and not “Flip This House.”
Alexander said the market spoiled one sale, but she blamed the show for hindering the sale of a home originally listed at $1.8 million.
She said a rodent infestation at the home when Trademark Properties acquired it was exploited during the post-production process, even though the problem had been fixed.
“It’s hard to sell a house after you show a bunch of rats running around,” she said.